ACCESS is a federally funded program that began in the 1991/ 1992-school year, with a start up of four schools enrolled to bill. Due to the increasing demand for special education services the ACCESS program has become a valuable tool for Local Education Agencies (LEA's). Currently in the state of Pennsylvania there are about 500 LEA's billing through the ACCESS Program ranging from intermediate units, school district, charter schools and approved private schools.
The reimbursement rate for the 07/08 sy was 54.08% which is set by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
ESASD began participating in June 1, 1994.