Do You Have a Child with a Special Health Care Need? CMH Is Here to Help!

Do You Have a Child with a Special Health Care Need? CMH Is Here to Help! – Children with Medical Handicaps (or CMH) is a program helping to connect families of children with special health care needs to better quality health care for a longer, healthier life! Learn more about the CMH program right here on Newsymom!

This is Public Health is brought to you in partnership with the Tuscarawas County Health Department.

The Children with Medical Handicaps (CMH) program was created by the Ohio Department of Health with a goal to have better healthcare outcomes for children with special health care needs. Through this program, families get access to better quality healthcare and assistance with payments for any services pertaining to their child’s special needs!

What Does the CMH Program Do?

CMH supports Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), which is the cooperation of both the child’s Primary Care Providers and the family to ensure a longer, healthier quality of life for their kiddos! A great PCMH displays the following:

  • Knows its patients
  • Partners with/learn from families and children
  • Acts as a team player to care for chronic conditions, including planned, proactive visits
  • Coordinates services
  • Co-manages with specialists and families
  • Assists with transitions
  • Provides community resources and organizations
  • Is satisfying for all parties: families, providers, and clinical staff


Parents are encouraged to attend Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) meetings! Four will take place each year across Ohio to allow parents to express their input on the program. For more info about PAC meetings, shoot an email over to BCMH@ODH.Ohio.Gov.

CMH Helps Your Child In These Three Ways

  1. Diagnostic Program: Children can receive up to six months of services to rule out or diagnose a special health need. Services include: tests, x-rays, therapy evaluations, public health nursing services, CMH-approved doctor visits, or up to five days in the hospital.
  2. Treatment Program*: Eligible children can receive up to one year of services for treatment of an eligible condition! Services included are: lab tests, x-rays, doctor visits, public health nursing services, therapy, surgery, medical equipment and supplies, service coordination, and prescription medications.
  3. Service Coordination Program: This program helps locate and coordinate services for their child. The program is limited for children with specific conditions, after being seen by a team of providers from an approved hospital for service coordination.

*All services have to be related to the child’s eligible condition. Services can be renewed each year until the child is 22, as long as they’re still eligible!

Eligibility for the CMH Program

What Conditions Are Eligible for CMH?

These conditions are eligible for the CMH program:

  • AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cleft Lip/Palate
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Scoliosis
  • Hemophilia
  • Hearing Loss
  • Juvenile Arthritis
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Severe Vision Disorders
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Spina Bifida
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Chronic Lung Disease
To Be Eligible, Your Child Must Also Be…
  • Age 0-22 (Starting July 1, 2022)
  • Permanent residents of Ohio
  • Under the care of a CMH-approved doctor either for a chronic medical condition or the suspicion of a chronic medical condition
If you think your child is eligible for the CMH Program, get the process started by locating a CMH-approved provider!

How Do I Get Started with the CMH Program?

To get started with the process, you’ll need to first locate a CMH-approved provider (if you don’t already have one). You can contact the Tuscarawas County Health Department for a referral to a CMH-approved provider by calling (330) 343-5555 x. 190. 

After being seen, the provider will then send a medical application form to CMH. In order for the application to be complete, you (the parent or guardian) will need to sign the release of information and consent before CMH can act on the application!

Learn More

If you feel your child is eligible for the program and would like to learn more, you can contact the Tuscarawas County Health Department at (330) 343-5555 x. 190. (Or contact your local health department if you’re outside Tuscarawas County.) You can also view the brochure or visit the Ohio Department of Health website here: Children with Medical Handicaps Page 

Our friends at the Tuscarawas County Health Department want to see your family thriving this summer! Continue to follow their safety tips and info on Facebook (@tchdnow) to keep your family happy and healthy!

Melissa Klatt


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