P. O. BOX 2120
July 16, 1999


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: School/Community Health Services Grants

Since 1992, fifty-two local school divisions have received 
grants from funds appropriated by the General Assembly to 
provide health services to school-age children.  The 1999 
General Assembly appropriated $300,000 for at least six 
additional pilots for the first year of a two-year project.  
The first year award is for planning. Funding for the 
second year, which is for implementation, is contingent 
upon approval by the 2000 General Assembly.

The Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia 
Department of Medical Assistance Services are jointly 
issuing a request for proposals for the planning and 
implementation of the school/community health services 
projects. Planning grants of up to $50,000 will be made to 
selected projects for the period January 2000, to June 30, 
2000.  Planning sites will be eligible to receive up to 
$200,000 in implementation funds for the period July 1, 
2000, to June 30, 2001, if appropriated in the 2000-2002 
biennial budget by the General Assembly.  To be eligible, a 
school division must be, or agree to become, a Medicaid 
provider approved by the Department of Medical Assistance 
Services and must participate in the Medicaid billing 
program for special education and health services. 

Grant applications may be obtained in hard copy or on disk from
Gwen Smith, school health specialist.  Applications  must be
submitted to the Department of Education by October  15, 1999.
The final selection process will be completed by  December 17,
1999, with grant awards in January 2000.  If  you have any
questions or need additional information,  please call Mrs. Smith
at (804) 786-8671, fax (804) 371- 8796, or e-mail or Amy Edwards at  (804) 692-0150, fax (804)
371-8796, or e-mail