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The Children with Medical Handicaps (CMH) program is a health care program provided by the Belmont County Health Department that is funded by the Ohio Department of Health. 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 child needs.

CMH’s mission is to assure, through the development and support of high quality, coordinated systems, that children with special health care needs and their families obtain comprehensive care and services that are family centered, community based and culturally sensitive.

Belmont County Health Department public health nurses provide home visits and phone consultation as needed to:

  • Assist families increase their access to care
  • Service coordination for children with selected diagnoses
  • Assist families to access and utilize appropriate sources of payment for services for their child


For both the diagnostic and treatment programs, children must be under the age of 21, live in Ohio, be a permanent U.S. resident, and be under the care of a CMH-approved physician. The Diagnostic Program assists families in obtaining an evaluation of a potentially handicapping condition regardless of the family’s income. The Treatment Program is for children who have been diagnosed as having an eligible medically handicapping condition. Families must meet financial eligibility guidelines.

Some examples of eligible conditions are:

  • Chronic Pulmonary Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Juvenile Arthritis
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Cancer
  • Cleft Lip/Palate
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Hemophilia
  • Spina Bifida
  • Hearing Loss
  • Heart Defects
  • Seizure disorders

Examples of CMH Assisted Services

  • Office visits to physicians
  • X-ray and lab
  • Physical therapy
  • Prescription Medicines
  • Dental Care
  • Surgery
  • Hearing Aids
  • Medical Supplies
  • Hospitalization

Public Health Nursing Services

  • Home visits
  • Service coordination
  • Health assessment and education
  • Developmental screening
  • Advocacy and referral to appropriate health care providers

Medical Nutrition Services

  • Assessment & nutrition counseling
  • Special formula assistance
  • Follow-up and monitoring
  • Referrals to appropriate services

To Apply

Families or agencies may apply to CMH by contacting a public health nurse at their local health department, the child’s physician or the CMH offices at the Ohio Department of Health. Parents may call toll free to 1.800.755.GROW (4769).