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Children with Medical Handicaps (CMH)


The Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) is a tax supported state-administered program. BCMH works closely with the Jackson County Health Department to assist families of medically handicapped children to obtain payment and services for their child's needs. The Jackson County Heath Department provides a registered nurse to assist families with the coordination of these services and assistance when needed.

Children are eligible if they are:

  • Age 0 - 21

  • Permanent resident of Ohio

  • Under the care of a BCMH approved physician


Some of the conditions which are eligible include:

  • Diabetes

  • Sickle Cell Anemia

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Cancer

  • Hearing Loss

  • Severe Vision Disorders 

  • Spina Bifida

  • Cleft, Lip, and Pallate

  • Hemophilia

  • Congenital Heart disease

  • And others


There are three components to the program: diagnostic, treatment, and service coordination.

Diagnostic: Provides financial payment for testing to rule out the diagnosis of a serious health condition. (No financial eligibility is required).

Treatment: Provides financial payment for treatment services once a diagnosis has been given. (Both medical and financial eligibility is required).

Some of the services covered under these programs include laboratory testing, x-rays, doctor visits, prescriptions, therapies, medical supplies equipment, surgeries, hospitalizations, and the service of a public health nurse.

Service Coordination: Helps families locate and coordinate services for their child.

For more information or to seek assistance in the program, please call Mary Catherine Shook, RN at (740) 286-5094, extension 2825

Vaccine Clinic Hours 

Monday - Thursday

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

For more information on CMH programming, please contact:

Mary Catherine Shook, PH Nurse

740-286-5094 ext 2825

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