Children with Medical/Healthcare Needs

CCMH is a health- care program in the Ohio Department of Health. CMH links families of children with significant healthcare needs to a network of quality providers and helps families obtain payment for the services their child needs.

CMH supports the medical home for children with significant healthcare 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 healthcare provider and the child’s family. CMH works with doctors and other health-care providers to ensure that every child with a special health need will have a medical home.

What are significant healthcare needs?

Significant healthcare needs may be caused by a condition a child is born with or develops later.

Which children are eligible for CMH?

Those who are:

  • Age 0-21
  • Permanent residents of Ohio
  • Under the care of a CMH-approved doctor (M.D. or D.O.) and who have or may have a chronic medical condition

What conditions are eligible for CMH?

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 CMH program?

The child’s CMH-approved doctor (M.D. or D.O.) sends a Medical Application Form to CMH. Public health nurses can start the application process by referring families to CMH-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 CMH can act on the application.

How can families learn more about CMH?

Call Wood County Health Department at 419-352-8402.