WCHD Building

Facebook Twitter

What is BCMH?

BCMH, the Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps, is a health care program in the Ohio Department of Health. BCMH links families of children with special needs to a network of quality providers and helps families obtain payment for the services their child needs.

BCMH supports the medical home for children with special health care needs. A medical home is a way to provide high quality health care that is:
  • Family-centered
  • Accessible
  • Continuous
  • Comprehensive
  • Coordinated
  • Compassionate
  • Culturally competent
Most importantly, a medical home is a partnership between the doctor and the child's family. 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.

Which children are eligible for BCMH?

Those who are:
  • Age 0-21
  • Permanent residents of Ohio
  • Under the care of a BCMH-approved doctor (M.D. or D.O.) and who have or may have a chronic medical condition
* Financial eligibility is required for the Treatment Program only.

What conditions are eligible for BCMH?

Some of the eligible conditions are:
  • AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Cleft lip/palate
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Hearing loss
  • Hemophilia
  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Scoliosis
  • Severe vision disorders
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Spina bifida
How is a child enrolled in the BCMH program?

The child's BCMH-approved doctor (M.D. or D.O.) sends a Medical Application Form to BCMH. Public health nurses can start the application process by referring families to BCMH-approved doctors. The parent or legal guardian (or client, if 18 years of age or older) must sign the release of information and consent on the application form before BCMH can act on the application.

How can families learn more about BCMH?

Call the Wood County Health Department 419-352-8402
BCMH Contact information

Phone: 419-352-8402 ask for BCMH


Other Resources


BCMH ODH Link