Children with Medical Handicaps (CMH)


CMH works closely with local health departments to identify needs and increase services to children with special health care needs and their families.  Some of the services provided by local health departments are:

  • Early identification and referral of children with possible handicapping conditions
  • Service coordination
  • Advocacy
  • Public health nurse home visits to help families obtain services
  • Work with other agencies and medical providers
  • CMH assists families with children who have special needs.  Diagnostic services are available to any child until age 21.  If a child is determined to have a qualifying disability, and the parents meet the income guidelines, then a treatment program is initiated.

CMH Diagnostic Program


  • To rule out a handicapping condition
  • To diagnose a condition
  • To develop a plan of treatment


  • There is no financial eligibility requirement for the Diagnostic Program
  • Be under the age of 21
  • Be a resident of Ohio
  • Be a permanent U.S. resident or U.S. born
  • Be under the care of a CMH-approved physician
  • Have a possible medical handicap

Eligible Services

  • Consults and office visits to CMH-approved physicians
  • Laboratory tests
  • Special diagnostic tests
  • X-rays
  • Biopsies
  • Evaluations for physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • Up to 5 days in the hospital
  • Psychological evaluation for children under age 6
  • Public health nurse services

Ineligible Services/Conditions

  • Examinations for acute conditions, such as colds, appendicitis
  • Nearsightedness/farsightedness
  • Emotional or behavioral problems, such as depression
  • Learning disabilities
  • Routine well child care
  • Physical and psychological exams, sports physicals, SSI evaluations
  • Out-of-state care

How to apply – submit an application through a CMH-approved physician or contact the Logan County Health District CMH Coordinator.

Length of eligibility – 6 months

CMH Treatment Program

To provide ongoing treatment for eligible children.

A child must:

  • Be under the age of 21
  • Be a permanent US resident or US born
  • The family must be financially eligible
  • Be a resident of Ohio
  • Have an eligible medical handicap

Eligible Conditions are those that are chronic, physically handicapping and can be treated.  Some of the conditions are:

  • Diabetes
  • Hemophilia
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • AIDS
  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Respiratory distress syndrome
  • Sickle Cell disease
  • Hearing loss
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Spina bifida
  • Epilepsy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Heart defects
  • Scoliosis
  • Cancer
  • Vision problems
  • Spinal injuries & paralysis
  • Asthma

Eligible Services

  • Days in the hospital
  • Hearing aids
  • Special shoes
  • Lab fees
  • Nutrition consults
  • Various therapy
  • X-rays
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Public Health nurse visits
  • Surgery and anesthesia
  • Prescription medications
  • Eyeglasses/contacts

Ineligible Conditions/Services

  • Allergies
  • Developmental delay
  • Routine dental and orthodontia problems
  • Psychological or emotional disorders
  • Acute of infectious conditions
  • Experimental Care
  • Nearsightedness/farsightedness
  • Learning disabilities

Financial Eligibility

How to Apply:  A medical application must be submitted by a CMH-approved physician who will manage the child’s care. Applications are also available at the Logan County Health District.

Length of Eligibility:  If both financial and medical eligibility are maintained, up to age 21.

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