WITH MEDICAL HANDICAPS
Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) is
a tax supported state-administered program. BCMH works closely
with the Jackson County Health Department to assist families
of medically handicapped children to obtain payment and services
for their child's needs. The Jackson County Heath Department
provides a registered nurse to assist these families with the
coordination of these services and assistance when needed.
are eligible if they are:
0 - 21
resident of Ohio
the care of a BCMH approved physician
of the conditions which are eligible include:
Sickle Cell Anemia
Severe Vision Disorders
Cleft, Lip, and Pallate
Congenital Heart disease
are three components to the program. They are the diagnostic,
treatment, and service coordination programs.
Provides financial payment for testing, etc to rule out the
diagnosis of a serious health condition. (No financial eligibility
Provides financial payment for treatment services once a diagnosis
has been given. (Both medical and financial eligibility is required).
of the services covered under these programs include laboratory
doctor visits, prescriptions, therapies, medical supplies equipment,
surgeries, hospitalizations, and the service of a public health
Coordination: Helps families locate and coordinate services
for their child.
more information or to seek assistance in the program, please
call Kathie Stevenson, RN at (740) 286-5094, extension
CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING
A registered nurse provides assistance to the Ohio Department
of Health environmental staff in the case management of county
children found to have high levels of lead in their blood. Home
visits and environmental assessments are made to determine sources
of contamination, education, and treatment.
Disease Reporting and Investigation
The Jackson County Health Department nursing and environmental
health employees continuously monitor public health threats
in the community. The Jackson County Health Department
is the first agency to be contacted when circumstances point
to a communicable disease.
50 diseases and conditions must be reported to local health
departments by any practicing, licensed, or permitted health
provider or laboratory. Some of the diseases that are reported
include Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Hepatitis A, B, and C,
Legionellosis, Lyme Disease, Meningitis, Whooping Cough, Rocky
Mountain Spotted Fever. Salmonella, Strep B newborn, Streptpneumonia,
Influenza A, B, and H1N1 (confirmed by testing), Chicken Pox,
West Nile Virus, etc.
Jackson County Health Department insures that proper
methods of investigation and follow up are completed enabling
the health department to monitor and protect the health of Jackson
Disease prevention is a priority of public health. Vaccinating
individuals will help prevent "vaccine preventable"
infectious diseases that were once common in the United States
including Polio, Measles, Diphtheria, Pertussis (whooping cough),
Rubella (German Measles), Mumps, Tetanus, and hemophilius influenza
type B (HIB), and H1N1.
Jackson County Health Department charges an administration
fee of $3.00 for the first immunization and then $1.00
for each individual immunization. No person shall be denied
the vaccines that are provided by the Ohio Department of Health
for failure to pay an administration fee.
Hepatitis B, Zostavax (Shingles), and HPV vaccines are available
at a charge to meet the expense of the purchase of the vaccine.
the vaccine for Human Papillomavirus, is given to women 26 years
of age and under, and most highly recommended for girls 11 to
12 years of age.
vaccine is administered to Jackson County residents each fall
in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Health.
The Ohio Department of Health has collaborated with the Jackson
County Health Department for many years to provide specialty
clinics for evaluations and treatment for hearing and vision
disorders for the children of Jackson County. Clinics are open
to children from birth thru age 21.
Children are seen at the vision clinic by Dr Jacqueline Davis
from Columbus. Children that require treatment and meet financial
guidelines are referred to the Ohio Vision Service Program or
VSP, where they receive their prescription glasses at no charge.
Ohio Department of Health provides staff and equipment for clinics
held at the Jackson County Health Department where children
receive hearing examinations and hearing testing. Children are
examined by Dr James Magnussen, a physician from the Holzer
Clinic, Inc. Audiologist assessments are performed by Ohio Department
Of Health Staff and Holzer Clinic staff.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital, the Jackson County Health Department
, and the Ohio Department of Health, continue their partnership
to provide specialty clinics also. These two clinics are the
Pediatric Cardiac clinic where children are examined and evaluated
by a pediatric cardiologist, Dr Robert Beekman. Diagnostic testing
can also include EKG, and Cardiac Echocardiogram.
The Pediatric Gastroenterology Clinic is open to Jackson County
children who are referred for gastroenterolgic symptoms. These
children are examined and evaluated by Dr Ferral.
The Jackson County Health Department continues to sponsor the
Well Child Clinics with physician examinations, immunizations,
and health education provided by our Medical Director, Dr Jill
Neff. This clinic is open to children from birth to five years
of age. Fees are based on the client's ability to pay using
a sliding fee scale. No child is denied services due to inability
The Jackson County Health Department provides supportive services
related to pediculosis control. This includes treatment and
prevention of pediculosis, and education and inspection of clients
at the Jackson County Health Department.
department networks with Jackson County Jobs, and Human Services,
school personnel, care givers, and community service agencies
Jackson County Health Department has been pleased to contract
with both the Jackson City School System and the Oak Hill School
System to provide a registered nurse to assist the district's
school nurse in providing student health screenings and assessments.
contract, "Nurse in the Schools", is primarily based
at all the elementary school sites. She works closely with the
Jackson County Health Department nursing staff to provide school
screenings, clinic referrals, pediculosis referrals, immunization
record review, and various education programs.
Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Program
The unexpected nature of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
results in a tragedy for which no one can truly prepare.
the notification of a SIDS death, the Jackson County Health
Department Public Health Nurses are available to offer information,
counseling, and other supportive services to families.
Tuberculosis Case Management
Tuberculosis is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium
The bacteria can attack any part of the body, but usually attacks
lungs. Left untreated each person with active tuberculosis disease
will affect, on the average, between 10 and 15 people every
year. Each year about 2 million people die from this curable
Tuberculosis Control and Treatment Program in Jackson County
is funded by a
4/10 mill levy. All TB screening and treatment services are
provided without charge to Jackson County residents. The treatment
of a single active case of TB may exceed $50,000 per year. TB
is an insidious disease that may lay dormant for many years
in an individual before causing illness.
current screening program combined with funding through the
Jackson County Commissioners, provides medicines and treatments
to insure the best protection for the public against TB.