BCMH was developed to link families of children with special health care needs to a network of child-centered providers and also to help families obtain payment for the medical services their children need. Children ages 0 – 21 who are permanent residents of Ohio may be eligible for BCMH services.
BCMH promotes early identification of children with special health care needs and treatment of those children by appropriate health care providers. Special health care needs may be caused by a condition a child is born with or develops later.
BCMH pays for services only after all other benefits have been used. If you have private insurance or are enrolled in a Medicaid managed care plan or Medicaid waiver, those benefits will be used first.
BCMH values the important role of the public health nurse and the support they provide in linking families to necessary programs and services. Public health nurses are responsible for the follow-up of these children through phone calls and home visits. Your public health nurse is your local resource for assistance with the BCMH program.
More information may be obtained at the Ohio Department of Health website or families may call toll-free 1-800-755-4769.