The Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) is a heath care program in the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). BCMH links families of children with special health care needs to a network of quality providers and helps families obtain payment for the services their children need.
Assistance is provided to children under the age of 21 who have special health care needs, are permanent residents of the State of Ohio and under the care of a BCMH-approved doctor for an approved diagnosis. There are a wide range of eligible diagnoses.
BCMH has three programs to help children with special health care needs: the Diagnostic Program, the Treatment Program and the Service Coordination Program.
Under the Diagnostic Program, children can receive services for up to six months to rule out or diagnose a special health care need or establish a plan of treatment. Services may include: tests and x-rays, office visits, up to five days in the hospital and therapy evaluations. Financial eligibility is not required for the Diagnostic Program.
Children on the Treatment Program can receive services for one year for the treatment of an eligible condition. If the child remains eligible, services may be renewed each year until the child reaches age 21. Treatment services may include: prescription medications, therapies, medical equipment & supplies, surgeries and hospitalizations. Both medical and financial eligibility are required for the Treatment Program.
The Service Coordination Program helps families locate and coordinate services for their child. This is a limited program available to children who are seen by a team of providers at hospitals approved by BCMH for service coordination.
For more information or for assistance applying, please contact our local public health nurses at (740) 439-3577: Donna Peeper, extension 7245, and Stephanie Byerly, extension 7246.