DOVER -- Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps program is available at the Tuscarawas County Health Department.

BCMH is a tax-supported, state administered program in the Ohio Department of Health. BCMH serves children with special health care needs and their families. Eligibility: Children ages 0-21, permanent resident of Ohio, are under the care of a BCMH-approved doctor and who have or may have a chronic medical condition. Some examples of health care needs are: Cerebral Palsy, seizure disorder, diabetes, hearing loss, heart conditions, arthritis, etc. There is no application fee to apply.

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

The Tuscarawas County Health Department provides Public Health Nurses to assist families in pursuing BCMH participation.

For information, contact Diane Spade, RN, at 330-343-5555, ext. 169, or email Diane.Spade@odh,