The CMH Program is Helping Kids & Their Families

Raising kids is a tough job, but parents of children with medical handicaps are sometimes in a unique situation that has them needing extra assistance.

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

According to their website, the former Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps, now called the Children with Medical Handicaps (CMH) Programs is, “a health care program in the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). CMH links families of children with special health care needs to a network of quality providers and helps families obtain payment for the services their children need.”

CMH works within ODH to support and assist families in finding services and care that are family-centric, culturally sensitive, and community-based. They are a big proponent of early identification of medical handicaps and treatment with appropriate care providers.

Who is Eligible?

The program services kids from 0 to 21 years old who are residents of Ohio. A medical application is submitted by your CMH-approved doctor to enroll. Eligible conditions include:

  • AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cleft lip/palate
  • Hearing loss
  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Severe vision disorders
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Spina bifida
  • And more

What Does CMH Do?

The Children’s Medical Handicap Program has three courses of action to help kids and families:

  1. Diagnostic Program
  2. Treatment Program
  3. Service Coordination Program

You can find more information about the Children with Medical Handicaps Program by visiting their website or by calling (800) 755-4769. You can also visit or find them on Facebook for more information about the Tuscarawas County Health Department and their services.

Audrey Mattevi

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