Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH)

The Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) is a tax-supported, state-administered program of the Ohio Department of Health. The goal of the program is to assure that children with special needs and their families receive comprehensive care and services.

If your child is under 21 years of age and has an on-going health problem, or is going to be evaluated for a possible health problem, BCMH can help you find medical services. BCMH may even be able to pay for some medical services even if you have private insurance, Medicaid or no insurance.

Health Problems You Can Receive Help For

Some health problems you can receive help for include:

  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chronic Ear Infections
  • Cleft Lip and Palate
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Hearing Loss
  • Heart Disease
  • Scoliosis
  • Seizures
  • Spina Bifida

Services

Services may include:

  • Certain Hospital Stays
  • Dental Exams 
  • Lab Tests or Special Tests 
  • Public Health Nurse Services
  • Visits to BCMH Approved Doctors
  • X-Rays

Nurses

Specially trained Ottawa County Health Department public health nurses:

  • Help families access care
  • Provide service coordination for children with selected diagnoses
  • Assist families to access and utilize appropriate sources of payment for services for their child