Children with Medical Handicaps (CMH)
The purpose of this program is to assure that families who have children with special health needs receive comprehensive care to minimize the handicapping effects of certain health conditions.
How the Program Works
Public health nurses identify children with possible health conditions and refer them to a physician in the program for diagnosis and a plan of care. Once they are identified as having a qualifying health condition and meet certain financial criteria, they are enrolled in the program.
Once children are enrolled in the program, they receive coverage for the costs of medical treatment for their condition through an Ohio Department of Health administered program. Public health nurses make home visits, do health and family assessments, provide coordination of care and help families in implementing the child’s plan of care. They also provide emotional support, education, and referral to other needed services.
- Must be under the age of 21 years
- Be a resident of Ohio
- Be a permanent U.S. resident or U.S. born
- Be under the care of a CMH-approved physician
- Have an eligible medical handicap
- Treatment program requires families to meet financial eligibility