Ohio's Interagency Work Group on Autism | Resources and Services

Resources and Services

Education and Development Resources

Ohio has public resources to help school-age youth learn and develop new skills to make a smooth, successful transition to adulthood.

View Education and Development Resources

Health, Mental Health, and Disability Benefits

Families can find several public resources to assist in getting access to and coverage for, health care, mental health services, and disability benefits.

View Health, Mental Health, and Disability Benefits

Resources and Supports

There are various public resources for the support needs of families caring for school-age children. Find informational materials and training, service locators, child care information, legal assistance and more.

View Resources and Supports

School-Age > Health, Mental Health, and Disability Benefits

Ohio Medicaid

Ohio Medicaid offers two programs for children, families, and pregnant women with limited income to get health care:

  • Healthy Start provides health care for kids from birth to age 19 and pregnant women
  • Healthy Families provides health care for the entire family. Families meeting Healthy Start and Healthy Families income guidelines can get coverage for free or at a very low cost. Some services for some family members may have co-pays of $1 to $3.

Who's eligible?

Family size and income will determine if the family is eligible. Click here to see income eligibility guidelines: http://jfs.ohio.gov/OHP/consumers/HSHFIncomeGuidelines.pdf

Services can include:

  • Doctor visits
  • Pregnancy Services
  • Prescriptions
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Hospital Care
  • Dental Care
  • Vision Care
  • Immunizations

Who should I contact?

Call the Medicaid Consumer Hotline at 1-800-324-8680 to request an application. The Hotline staff can help you fill out the form and mail it to you for signature. The Hotline is open 7 days a week. You can also visit: http://www.jfs.ohio.gov/ohp to download an application. You will need to print it out and mail it to your local county office of job and family services.

Home and Community Based Waiver

Home and community-based waivers are programs of in-home and community care that can help individuals with disabilities remain at home instead of being in a nursing home, hospital or facility for people with mental retardation and/or developmental disabilities. Waivers allow participants, who have disabilities and chronic conditions, to have more control of their lives and remain active participants in their community. In addition to providing an alternative to institutional care, waivers enable Ohio Medicaid to try new programs with limited enrollment and locations, and waive certain eligibility requirements. Ohio has several different waiver programs that fit different ages and service needs.

Who's eligible?

Each waiver program has its own set of eligibility criteria. You can learn more about each waiver program and eligibility requirements at http://jfs.ohio.gov/OHP/consumers/HCBS.stm.

Who should I contact?

  • For people with severe disabilities and medically unstable conditions who require care in a hospital or nursing facility, call the Medicaid Consumer Hotline at 1-800-324-8680. The Hotline is open 7 days a week.
  • For people who require care in a facility for mental retardation and/or developmental disabilities. Contact your local County Board of Developmental Disabilities. To find contact information for your county, visit http://odmrdd.state.oh.us/contacts/countyboards1.htm and click on County Board Roster OR contact the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities at 1- 877- 464-6733 and ask to speak to someone about waiver programs.
  • For people who are age 60 or older who require care in a nursing facility, contact your local area agency on aging: http://www.aging.ohio.gov/resources/areaagenciesonaging/
  • OR contact the Ohio Department of Aging at 1-800-266-4346 and ask to speak to someone about waiver programs

Social Security Disability Benefits

Social Security pays disability benefits under two programs :

  • The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program pays benefits to you and certain family members if you've worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. Your adult child also may qualify for benefits on your earnings record if he or she has a disability that started before age 22.
  • The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. SSI benefits also are payable to people 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial limits.

To apply for either of these disability benefits, you are asked to provide information about your medical condition, work and education history to determine if you meet eligibility requirements. For further information on qualifying for disability benefits, please visit http://www.ssa.gov/disability/.

Who should I contact?

Whether filing for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the process begins by contacting the Social Security Administration in one of these ways:

Mental Health Services

Through local mental health boards across Ohio, you can find out about agencies in your community that can provide you and/or your child with mental health services. The boards do not provide these services directly to you, but contract with local agencies to provide them. In some counties, the mental health and the alcohol and drug addiction boards are combined into one organization.

Who's eligible?

Anyone with a diagnosed mental health illness

Services can include:

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services administer a behavioral health Medicaid benefit. Services can include: pharmacological management (medication/medication management); mental health assessment (diagnostic assessment); behavioral counseling and therapy (individual/group counseling); crisis intervention; community psychiatric support treatment; and partial hospitalization.

Who should I contact?

You can locate the service agencies closest to your community by contacting your county's board. Click here to find a map of all the boards across the state.

For additional information, contact medicaid@mh.ohio.gov.

Ohio Medicaid - Healthchek

Once eligible for Medicaid, each child (birth through age 20) will have access to an important group of services known as Healthchek. Healthchek provides health care services to help children get good medical care to give them a healthy start in life.

Who's eligible?

Healthchek services are free to all individuals younger than 21 who are eligible for Medicaid. View a chart explaining Ohio Medicaid eligibility.

Services can include:

Through Healthchek, babies can get their first doctors office visit at six weeks, and up to nine checkups in their first two years. They can receive their necessary immunizations. A Healthchek medical exam is very thorough and includes screening for vision, developmental, hearing, dental and more. If a Healthchek exam uncovers a problem, your child can get treatment early before the problem becomes serious.

Who should I contact?

By completing the Healthchek assessment form from your local county department of job and family services (CDJFS), you can learn of services available for your child. Additional questions can be directed to the Healthchek coordinator who can help you: find a doctor, dentist, or other health care specialist; get a Healthchek screening; and get transportation to your medical appointment or pharmacy - OR - call the Medicaid Consumer Hotline at 1-800-324-8680.

Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH)

BCMH links families of children with special health care needs to a network of quality providers and helps families obtain payment for the services their children need. BCMH may be able to cover services that are not covered by insurance and/or Medicaid. BCMH has three core programs for children with special health care needs: diagnostic, treatment, and service coordination.

Who's eligible?

Each program requires medical and/or financial criteria to be met before a child/adult can be eligible to receive BCMH services.

Services can include:

  • funding services for the diagnosis and treatment of medically eligible conditions
  • working with public health nurses and local health departments to assist in obtaining care
  • supporting service coordination for children with selected diagnoses
  • assisting families to access and use appropriate sources of payment for services for their child.

Who should I contact?

For general information visit: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhPrograms/cmh/cwmh/bcmh1.aspx

To find a BCMH provider in your area visit: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/healthresources/healthCareProvidersMap.aspx

If you have a specific question about a child/client on the program, please give the child's/client's name, date of birth and BCMH case number to the customer service representative at 1-800-755-4769 (families only) or (614) 466-1700 or BCMH@odh.ohio.gov. This information will allow BCMH staff to answer your questions in a prompt and accurate manner.