School Based Services
Frequently Asked Questions for parents.
Frequently Asked Questions - English
Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) is the state agency that administers Virginia’s Medicaid and FAMIS programs.
DMAS pays schools to cover the cost of the school health services they provide to students if the students are in FAMIS or Medicaid.
Physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, audiology, nursing, psychological services, personal care services, and in some circumstances, transportation, are services that are covered.
DMAS cannot reimburse schools for the cost of services unless they know what services were provided and to whom. This means that the school district must share that information with DMAS before the can claim back the costs.
DMAS will only use that information to determine how many services were provided to your child and how much to repay the school division for those health services. Your child’s health Information is protected by law and will not be shared with anyone else.
You will not be billed for school health services, regardless of whether or not you consent to share this information.
No. DMAS processes school health services claims separately from other types of medical claims.
By allowing the school to provide DMAS with information about the services that your child receives, the school can request and receive funds that will help cover the costs of those services.