Specialized Transportation Eligible for SHARS Billing

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ONWARD is always focused on accurate and compliant documentation for SHARS Medicaid reimbursement.  Released by TEA, the information below supports ONWARD’s guidance on SHARS regulations for Specialized Transportation services.

Students receive special transportation based on criteria set forth in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Eligibility for SHARS billing requires different criteria.  Most students eligible for special education transportation may not qualify for SHARS specialized transportation service.

Eligibility for SHARS specialized transportation requires:

    •  The student rides on a bus physically modified for the student’s needs (ex: wheelchair lift, individually chosen restraint);

    • The service and specialized needs are appropriately addressed in an evaluation/ eligibility and current Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committee meeting;

    • An additional SHARS service be provided on the  same day transportation is provided.

One-way trips can be billed if they document service between the student’s residence, school, or the place  SHARS service is provided.

The criteria for  specialized transportation has not changed. Since March 2020, student schedules vary between districts and between students. Each district should review their SHARS transportation claims to ensure compliance for each student.

For more information and to speak with the ONWARD VP of Client Services, Stasia Viator at stasia@onwardlearning.com.