- What are the timelines for buying and providing AT devices and services?
IDEA regulations do not specify a timeline for the provision of AT; however, if the IFSP determines that AT is necessary to achieve outcomes on the IFSP, then it must be provided in a timely manner. The resource coordinator, with the assistance of the parent and other team members, should identify funding for assistive technology devices. When alternative funding is not available, the SoonerStart Program must provide the device. SoonerStart is the payor of last resort.
- Are personal use devices excluded?
No, the IFSP decides on a case-by-case basis what AT a child needs to benefit from the early intervention program. If the device, for example hearing aids, is included in the IFSP, SoonerStart is responsible for the provision of that device or ensuring that it is provided at no cost to the parents with the exception of cochlear implants or other surgically implanted devices.
- Who is responsible for purchasing AT?
The resource coordinator is responsible for coordinating the acquisition and provision of AT devices. Sometimes, parents may choose to buy devices for their child. Funding sources that may be used to provide needed AT devices can be found online in the Oklahoma Funding for AT Manual (https://www.okabletech.org/education-services/osde-pk12-ssip/at-consultations-assessment-resources/). It includes a list of available resources, including but not limited to, the following:
- Medicaid SoonerCare
- Medicaid Early, Periodic, Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment
- Medicaid Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA)
- Supplemental Security Income-Disabled Children’s Program (SSI-DCP)
- Family Support Assistance Program
- Private Insurance
- Financial Loan Programs – Alternative Financing Program
- Oklahoma Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program (OKDMERP)
- Private/Charitable/Community Resources
- Who owns the AT device?
It depends on who purchased the device. If SoonerStart purchases the device, then SoonerStart maintains ownership. If the parent’s private insurance purchases the device, then it belongs to the family. If Medicaid purchases the device, the family retains the device until it is no longer needed by the child.