Medical Handicaps Program
Proposed Program Changes
The 2018-2019 budget proposed includes
a proposal by the Ohio Department of Health to make changes to the
Ohio CMH program. These changes are summarized
here. There is also
a document answering frequently asked questions regarding the
The Ohio Department of Health released these documents and also
The purpose of proposal is to ensure a sustainable program for
children with medical handicaps that continues the commitment to
provide medically necessary services for Ohio's most vulnerable
Current BCMH clients who are not Medicaid-eligible will be
grandfathered into the existing ODH program, and
Medicaid-eligible clients will move to the new Ohio Medicaid CMH
program where they will continue to receive medically necessary
services and care coordination just as in the existing program.
The new Ohio Medicaid CMH program will maintain a safety net for
clients who do not qualify for Medicaid but who meet
the program's financial eligibility criteria.
About the Program
CMH (Children with Medical Handicaps)
Program is a tax-supported,
state-administered program through the Ohio Department of Health
that assists families in our community who are facing medical
problems and all the astronomical bills that often accompany these
problems. The mission of CMH is to assure that children with
special health care needs and their families obtain comprehensive
care and services which are family- centered, community based, and
culturally competent. Currently, Van Wert County has more than
100 children on services through this program
CMH provides a wide range of
services for children through three different programs: The
Diagnostic Program; the Treatment Program; and the service
Must be an Ohio resident.
under the age of 21.
a CMH Provider in Ohio.
Eligibility is required for the treatment program.
The Van Wert County Health
Department's role in CMH is to be the family's local contact for
services. A Public Health Nurse, Traci Milligan, RN, provides
information and referral services to families. The nurse will assist
with the application process, make home and office visits with
families and the children, and often set up visits with CMH
more about the program, visit:
Ohio Department of Health.
For information or
questions about CMH or other services provided by the Van Wert
County Health Department, please contact us at 419-238-0808