Children with Medical Handicaps Service Coordination (BCMH)

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Mahoning County Public Health provides public health nursing case management and coordinates services for children enrolled in the BCMH program.

What is BCMH?

BCMH- Children with Medical Handicaps Program, is a health care program in the Ohio Department of Health. BCMH links families of children with special health care 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 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 healthcare providers to ensure that every child with a special health care need will have a medical home.

Which children are eligible for BCMH?

Those who are:
  • Age 0-21
  • Permanent resident 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

What conditions are eligible for BCMH?

Some conditions are:
  • Diabetes
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Hearing loss
  • Severe vision disorders
  • Congenital heart disease

Public Health Nurses Work with Families and BCMH to:

  • Help identify children with special health care needs who may qualify for the program
  • Help families locate a BCMH provider
  • Explain the BCMH program, the letter of Approval, and BCMH paperwork
  • Help the family understand their child’s medical plan of treatment
  • Help families in billing related problems

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How can BCMH help?

BCMH has three programs to help children with special health care needs. ALL services must be given to BCMH-approved providers.
Three BCMH programs:
  • The Diagnostic Program
  • The Treatment Program
  • The Service Coordination Program

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How can families learn more about BCMH?

Public health nurses at Mahoning County Public Health can help families learn more about BCMH. Parents may call the Board of Health at 330-270-2855 option 3 to speak with a public health nurse.

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Ohio Department of Health’s Children with Medical Handicaps Program (BCMH)