Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps
Our BCMH program is designed to link families of children with medical handicaps and special needs care to a network of qualified providers helping families pay for the medical services their child needs. Public Health Nurses (PHN) assist families to connect with BCMH providers. BCMH works with doctors and other health care providers to ensure that every child with a special health care need will have a medical home.
What are Special Health Care Needs?
Special Health Care needs may be caused by a condition a child is born with or develops later. The condition is chronic in nature and will last longer than a year.
Who is eligible for BCMH?
The diagnostic program pays for the diagnosis of medical conditions. There are no income restrictions to qualify for diagnosis services. Children are referred to a BCMH approved doctor to evaluate the child to see if he or she has a medical concern. Services include
Treatment is received from the BCMH approved providers for eligible conditions. There are medical and income guidelines to qualify.
What Does Treatment Program Pay for?
Public health nurses are registered nurses (RN) who help coordinate services for your child and serve as your child's advocate to help your child get help that they need.
We personalize your service through home visits to provide case management. We keep in touch through visits, phone calls, and letters to provide support so you never feel alone while navigating through the complex health care system.
How Do I get More Information?
Please call our BCMH nurse at 740-477-9667 ext 233. The Ohio Department of Health has an extensive website for more information on BCMH here
The BCMH Public Health Nurse is available 20 hours per week to assist families with problems and questions.
Contact Karen Greider
at 740-477-9667, ext. 233
Ohio Department of Health