The West Virginia Health Homes Program began in July 2014 for people with bipolar disorder at risk of having or having Hepatitis B or C. Jonathan Rubenstein struggled with undiagnosed bipolar leading to drug addiction resulting in a very dangerous and unhealthy lifestyle for many years. Jonathan tried numerous recovery programs only to fail because he was missing the support needed to deal with his bipolar condition. Due to all his broken promises, he lost the support of his family and friends.
Jonathan was introduced to the Health Homes Program by his psychologist Brenda Parker at Health Right. Jonathan now has a team that provides the support he has always needed to recover and stay healthy. His Health Homes provider sets up all of his doctor appointments as well as additional supports so that he can remain healthy.
More than a year has passed since Jonathan started receiving Health Homes services and he continues on the road to a successful recovery. He now has his own home which he resides with his girlfriend and they are expecting a child. He has also achieved one of his main goals of reconnecting with his family and now has visitation rights with his daughter.
“Brenda Parker is my best friend, she makes sure that I have rides to appointments, she checks on me and makes it easier for me to get in and out of appointments. I am so lucky to be alive and clean. I always avoided responsibilities but the Health Homes program helps me feel healthier and ready to face those responsibilities,” Jonathan said. “We need to offer more programs like this in our communities.”