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Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH)


The Diagnostic Program

Children can receive services from BCMH-approved providers, to rule out or diagnose a special health care need or establish a plan of treatment. These services may include:

  • Tests and X-rays
  • Visits to BCMH-approved doctors
  • Up to five days in the hospital
  • Public health nursing services
  • Therapy evaluations

Financial eligibility is not required for the Diagnostic Program.

The Treatment Program            

Children can receive services for one year, from BCMH-approved providers, for treatment of an eligible condition. Both medical and financial eligibility are            required for the Treatment Program. Treatment services may include:

  • Laboratory tests and X-rays
  • Physician visits
  • Prescription medications
  • Therapies
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Surgeries and hospitalizations
  • Services coordination
  • Public health nurse services

The Service Coordination Program

Helps families locate and coordinate services for their children. This is a limited program available to children, with specific conditions, who are seen by a team of providers at hospitals approved by BCMH for service coordination.

Public Health Nurse Services

  • Provided by local health departments
  • Identification of Children with special healthcare needs and referral to appropriate providers/agencies
  • Service coordination- link to community resources
  • Home visits
  • Child/family/community assessments
  • Advocacy for children and families
  • Coordination with other agencies and systems

The Public Health Nurse who coordinates the BCMH program in Allen County is located at Allen County Public Health. 219 E Market St., Lima, OH 45801. Call 419-228-4457 for more information.