Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH)
Frequently asked Questions
What is BCMH?
BCMH is a tax supported health care program of the Ohio Department of Health. The program links families with services to diagnose a potential handicapping condition (Diagnostic Program) and assists with ongoing services for children with an eligible medical need (Treatment Program).
Who Qualifies for BCMH?
Ages 0 – 21
Permanent residents of Ohio
Under the care of a BCMH – approved doctor.
Eligible Medical Condition
Diagnostic Program*– Can receive services to rule out or diagnose a special
medical need or establish a plan of treatment , including:
Tests and x-rays
Visits to BCMH-approved doctors
Up to 5 days in the hospital
Public Health nursing services
* No financial guideline restrictions with diagnostic program.
Treatment Program**- Links treatment services to those with a medically eligible condition, including:
Tests and x-rays
Medical equipment and supplies
Surgeries and hospitalizations
Public Health Nurse services
**Financial eligibility restrictions for treatment program.
What medical needs qualify for BCMH?
Some examples of eligible conditions are:
Chronic lung Disease
Severe Vision Problems
When does BCMH Pay?
BCMH requires other available resources, such as Medicaid or private insurance, pay first. BCMH may supplement insurance when there is inadequate coverage, such as exclusions to pre-existing conditions or large deductibles.
How do I apply?
First, make a contact to one of the following:
1. A BCMH healthcare provider (physician). This is the quickest method.
2. A public health nurse at the Mercer County Celina City Health Department, Lisa Vondrell (419-586-3251 Extension 1278).
3. The BCMH office at the Ohio Department of Health (1-800-755-4769).
Next, you may be asked to apply for Healthy Start or Medicaid.
Completed applications are to be sent to Mercer County Job and Family services, 220 W. Livingston St., Celina Ohio 45822 phone:419-586-5106.
The application may be obtained from MCJFS, the health department or you can download the application by clicking on the file below.
Healthy Start Application.pdf