Health insurance coverage provides people with access to the care they need—when they need it. That’s Medicaid shares stories of people helped by Medicaid at critical points in their lives.
When Past Struggles Create Opportunities to Help Others
/ Bonanza, Oregon
Her story in four photos
“He was the child that could have been incarcerated or dead, but the services he received through Medicaid saved his life.”
Barbara has struggled with her mental health since she was a child but didn’t receive proper mental health care until she started researching her children’s mental health.
When her youngest son was diagnosed with bipolar and oppositional defiant disorder, Medicaid allowed him to see mental health professionals, get the proper medications and receive at-home psychosocial rehabilitation.
Barbara serves as a peer support volunteer for Oregon’s Medicaid Mobile Crisis Intervention Services Program, and she uses her personal experiences to help families in similar situations.
"I've been with my children during those psychotic episodes. You don't really know who to call. This Medicaid resource is the difference between life and death in some cases," Barbara says.