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2012 Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual

Children’s Services Handbook : 3. School Health and Related Services (SHARS) : 3.3 Services/Benefits, Limitations, and Prior Authorization : 3.3.2 Counseling Services

Counseling services are provided to help a child with a disability benefit from special education and must be listed in the IEP. Counseling services include, but are not limited to, the following:
Health and behavior interventions to identify the psychological, behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and social factors that are important to the prevention, treatment, or management of physical health problems
Counseling services must be provided by a professional who has one of the following certifications or licensures: a licensed professional counselor (LPC), a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), or a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT).
Counseling services are billable on an individual (procedure code 96152) or group (procedure code 96153) basis. Session notes are required and documentation must include the billable start time, billable stop time, total billable minutes, activity performed during the session, student observation, and the related IEP objective.
School districts may receive reimbursement for emergency counseling services as long as the student’s IEP includes a behavior improvement plan that documents the need for emergency services.

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