For Many, Medicaid Provides The Only Route To Mental Health Care

Ornella Mouketou in the waiting room at the McClendon Center, a mental health agency in Washington, D.C.

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Ornella Mouketou in the waiting room at the McClendon Center, a mental health agency in Washington, D.C.

Kelly Jo Smart/NPR

It was about a year ago that Ornella Mouketou walked into the emergency room at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and told them she wanted to end her life.

She was in her early 20s, unemployed and depressed.

“I was just walking around endlessly. I was walking around parks, and I was just crying all the time,” she says. “It was like an empty black hole.”

She spent a few days in the psychiatric ward at the hospital, and while there, she met a case manager from the McClendon Center, a mental health agency. That person followed up after she went home and is still in touch with her now.

“They kept in contact with me. They came to my house,” says Mouketou, who now takes a prescription mood stabilizer and has

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/07/09/535793983/for-many-medicaid-provides-the-only-route-to-mental-health-care?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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