Children with Medical Handicaps

The Children with Medical Handicaps through the Ohio Department of Health supports the work for public health nurses on behalf of children with special healthcare needs and their families. The nurse can be a valuable resource for families who may be coordinating with many agencies and providers of care for their child.

The Portage County Health District has coordinated the CMH program since 2009. During that time, public health nurses provided nearly 3,000 consultations and made 130 home visits. In the first year, over 400 Portage County children were assisted through the program.

WHAT IS CMH?

  • Health care program
  • Links families of children with medical handicaps to network of service providers
  • Helps families obtain payment for needed services
  • Diagnostic, Treatment and Service Coordination Services
  • Public Health Nurses

DIAGNOSTIC PROGRAM:

Children can receive services from CMH-approved providers to rule out a special health care need, diagnose a condition or develop a plan of treatment.

EXAMPLES OF SERVICES:

Doctor visits, tests and x-rays, OT, PT and ST evaluations.

TREATMENT PROGRAM:

CMH can cover services by CMH-approved providers to treat an eligible medical condition. The family must also be financial eligible.

EXAMPLES OF SERVICES:

Doctor visits, days in hospital, medical supplies and equipment.

SERVICE COORDINATION PROGRAM:

Helps parents locate and coordinate the services their child may need. This program does not pay for medical services and has no financial eligibility criteria.

EXAMPLES OF SERVICES:

Hospital-based service coordinator, local public health nurse.

Additional Information:

Links to the Ohio Department of Health Program information:

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SHERRY HALAS, RN, BSN

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