School-based health care services (SBHS)

What is the School-Based Health Care Services (SBHS) program?

The SBHS program is an optional Medicaid program that provides reimbursement to public school districts, educational service districts, charter, and tribal schools for certain early intervention health-related services or special education health-related services.

These services are reimbursable when a student has Title XIX Medicaid coverage and the services are included in the student's current Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). The SBHS program is funded through Federal and State funds (50/50) and services are paid on a fee-for-service basis per the SBHS fee schedule.

Covered services

Evaluations, reevaluations. and direct health related services which are included in an eligible student's IEP or IFSP, including:

  • Audiology services
  • Mental health services (individual and group counseling)
  • Nursing services
  • Occupational therapy services
  • Physical therapy services
  • Speech-language therapy services

Provider eligibility

In order to receive Medicaid payment for IEP/IFSP health-related services through the SBHS program, the services must be prescribed or recommended by Department of Health (DOH) licensed providers and must be delivered by or under the direction of DOH licensed providers. A list of SBHS eligible providers can be found in the SBHS Billing Guide and in WAC 182-537-0350.

Additional information

Resources for SBHS coordinators and providers

SBHS coordinators


Service providers

SBHS billing information and fee schedule

Trainings and webinars

Additional resources

SBHS billing guide

SBHS 101 training - video | pdf

Apply for a National Provider Identifier (NPI)

SBHS fee schedule

Billing for audiology services - video | pdf

NPI registry


Billing for mental health services - video | pdf

Department of Health

SBHS program expansion FAQ

Billing for nursing services - video | pdf



Billing for occupational therapy services - video | pdf



Billing for physical therapy services - video | pdf



Billing for speech-language therapy services - video | pdf


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