This resource shows you specific steps to take to resolve school issues for your child, using the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. It gives you contact information for people who can help you for different situations covered by the Compact.
ECHO provides supplemental services and supplies to active duty families* who have a child (or other family member) with disabilities. “Supplemental” means that the service is in addition to, and not part of your family’s TRICARE benefits.
You may have heard that Medicaid waiver programs in some states have long waiting lists, and that it’s not worth applying since you may have to move before your child can get benefits. However, waiting lists are not always first-come, first-served. They can be based on type and severity of disability, or on availability of providers and services. Your child might get benefits sooner than you think!
No matter how often a military parent is deployed, and no matter how well-prepared a child might be for a parent’s absence, children with disabilities may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of stress on their physical and emotional well-being.
This resource gives you details about situations covered by the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. Use it to help you decide if you can apply the Compact to resolve a school issue for your child.