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Insurance & Disability Benefits

Bureau for Children with Mental Handicaps (BCMH)

Pays for the care of children with handicaps and special health care needs under age 21. Families may receive full BCMH coverage or be eligible for the BCMH cost-share program, depending on the circumstance. You must apply for and use other health insurance first (such as Healthy Start or private insurance).
246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43216
(800) 755-4769 or (614) 466-1700
odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/cmh/cwmh/bcmh1.aspx

Disability Benefits & Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

People with long-term disabling conditions may apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Children can qualify if they have a physical or mental condition that seriously limits their activities, and if their family has a limited income. Generally, a child may receive benefits as well if they are the child of a SSI beneficiary who is disabled or deceased. There is no minimum age. The benefits pay for many services, including doctor and hospital visits. The Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) helps you find out if you qualify and how to apply.
200 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
National: (800) 772-1213 or (800) 325-0778 TTY
Local: (866) 964-1723 or (614) 228-0226 TTY
ssa.gov/disabilityssi

Disability Rights Ohio (formerly Ohio Legal Rights Services)

Provides legal advocacy and rights protection throughout Ohio for people who are developmentally disabled, mentally ill or have other physical and mental disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, voting, community integration, and rights protection issues within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
50 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 282-9181 or TTY (800) 858-3542
disabilityrightsohio.org

Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services (JFS)

Provides information about health insurance coverage, food assistance, cash assistance, health care, job training, child care and much more. Offers several food programs, including the Ohio Direction Card / EBT (formerly known as food stamps). Individuals can apply for Medicaid at their local Opportunity Center, based on where they live. Each center serves certain zip codes. People outside of Franklin County should visit their local county Department of Job and Family Services. Refugees and immigrants can apply for services as well.

  • East Opportunity Center: 1055 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 212-1993
  • Northland Opportunity Center: 1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 233-2851
  • West Opportunity Center: 314 North Wilson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 233-2912

jfs.franklincountyohio.gov

More Health Insurance Resources

Are you looking for free and low cost health care, prescriptions or insurance benefits? Go to the health care section of CAP4Kids by clicking below.
Go to CAP4Kids Health Care Section

Ohio Department of Medicaid Waiver Services

Waivers are programs that help Ohio Medicaid customers with special needs remain at home instead of being in a nursing home, hospital or facility. They provide financial assistance to families, and there is typically a waiting list. Services may include personal care, transportation, respite services, supported employment, nutrition services, assistive devices, home modifications and interpreter services. See further information about Ohio waiver programs below.

50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Medicaid Hotline: (800) 324-8680
medicaid.ohio.gov

The Arc of Ohio

Advocates for the rights of individuals with disabilities through legislative action, information and education, local chapter support and family involvement. Their website contains very helpful information about benefits, insurance information, social security disability insurance, tax credits, funding and other financial resources for children with special needs.
1335 Dublin Road, Columbus Ohio 43215
(614) 487-4720 or (800) 875-2723
thearcofohio.org

U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

The website offers a lot of advice on scholarships, loans and grants available for students with disabilities who want to go to college. They have lists of disability friendly colleges, internship opportunities, vocational rehabilitation resources and information about other disability assistance for children.
200 Constitution Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20210
(866) 633-7365 Voice/TTY
dol.gov/odep/topics/disability.htm