Apple Health client finds road to recovery through supported employment

Friday, March 12, 2021

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After many years of living with untreated mental health conditions, Tiffany developed a substance use disorder as a means of coping with pain. She lost custody of her children, leading her further into struggles with mental health and substance use. Tiffany experienced homelessness and a strong feeling of no way out.

Tiffany’s Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) coverage was there for her when she was ready to seek help. Apple Health allowed her to work on her mental health while receiving substance use disorder treatment services through an outpatient program.

Determined to make a change, she enrolled in the housing and essential needs program at Coastal Community Action Program (CCAP). Tiffany’s case manager at CCAP encouraged her to explore the supported employment element of the Foundational Community Supports (FCS) program.

Two years later, CCAP hired her as a job coach to support individuals with their employment-related needs. Tiffany enjoys helping individuals with disabilities or those with similar journeys as her own, thanks to the regular check ins and valuable employment skills the FCS program provides.

To read Tiffany’s fully story, visit our Voices of Apple Health webpage.