Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH)


Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) is a tax supported state program of the Ohio Department of Health. The program assists families in obtaining services to diagnose a potential handicapping condition (the diagnostic program) and assists with ongoing services for children with an eligible medical handicap (the treatment program).

To be eligible, the child must:
        • Be under 21 years of age
        • A resident of Ohio
        • Be under the care of BCMH approved physician

The Diagnostic Program assists families in obtaining an evaluation of a potentially handicapping condition regardless of a family’s income. The Treatment Program is for children who have been diagnosed as having an eligible medically handicapping condition and financially qualify.

Services for Diagnostic Program:
        • Office visits to BCMH approved physicians
        • Outpatient diagnostic testing such as blood work, x-ray, CT Scan, MRI, etc.
        • Public health nurse services

Services for Treatment Program:
        • Office visits to BCMH approved physicians
        • Prescription medications
        • Therapies
        • Hearing aides

        • Surgery
        • hospitalization

        • Medical equipment
        • Public health nurse services
        • Nutrition consult

        • Other services depending on diagnosis

Some examples of eligible conditions are:
        • Chronic pulmonary disease

        • Diabetes
        • Juvenile arthritis
        • Cystic fibrosis
        • Cancer
        • Cleft lip/palate
        • Cerebral palsy
        • Hemophilia
        • Spina Bifida
        • Hearing Loss
        • Heart Defects
        • Seizure disorders

Public Health Nursing Services:
        • Home visits
        • Service coordination
        • Health assessment and education
        • Developmental screening
        • Advocacy and referral to appropriate health care providers

For more information on BCMH, call the Health Department at 419-523-5608 or visit the Ohio Department of Health website.