The New Jersey Department of Education recently issued a memo providing information regarding the Special Education Medicaid Initiative program, pertinent to the fiscal year 2023 budget submission. Specifically, the memo addresses SEMI budget requirements, alternate reimbursement revenue projection requirements, waiver requirements, action plan requirements for districts that did not maximize SEMI participation in fiscal year 2021 and SEMI timelines.  

In its memo, the NJDOE stated it understands that due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, many districts failed to meet one or both SEMI program benchmarks. It will consider how the pandemic has complicated meeting district benchmarks during its review of corrective action plans. 

In the coming days, the NJDOE county offices will provide districts with their individual fiscal year 2023 SEMI reimbursement revenue projections and their final SEMI reimbursement revenues achieved for fiscal year 2021. This information will help districts monitor their progress, assist in the fiscal year 2023 budget submission and aid in determining if alternate reimbursement revenue projections or waivers should be considered.  

Review Attachment A for a sample of how this information is displayed and an explanation of how SEMI reimbursement revenue projections are calculated for New Jersey school districts. 

Review Attachment B for considerations regarding waivers and alternate reimbursement revenue projections. 

Refer to the NJDOE’s complete memo for detailed information on the above and further details.