Prevent, Promote, and Protect your Health with the Lake County General Health District
(440) 350-2543
5966 Heisley Rd
Mentor, Ohio 44060

Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps


An insurance and case management program for families
with children with certain medical health care needs
For more information, call: (440) 350-2248

B.C.M.H. is designed to assist families with children with special health care needs. Through the diagnostic and treatment programs, families are linked with quality care providers and receive assistance in paying for medical care of eligible children. Locally, the Lake County General Health District serves as the family’s community contact to access BCMH services.

Eligibility: Children under the age of 21, who are residents of Ohio are under the care of a B.C.M.H. approved physician and have a chronic, physically handicapping condition are eligible.

Purpose of Program: Identification and referral of children with potentially handicapping conditions, client advocacy, and assistance to families. Coordinated services are accomplished through BCMH field clinics and Public Health Nurse home visits.

Some examples of elgible 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

How to get Help: Call the Health District and ask for the BCMH nurse at 350-2248. If you need help from the Ohio Department of Health BCMH Office, you can also call the Help Me Grow Help line at 1-800-755-GROW (4769) and ask for the call to be transferred to BCMH Division.

For further information click: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhPrograms/cmh/cwmh/bcmh1.aspx