Randall was living in a homeless shelter. He has a history of mental illness along with a history of alcohol and substance abuse. Mental health and substance abuse issues ran in his family; Randall’s brother, who had been dealing with similar circumstances, had committed suicide a few years prior.
Randall knew he had to change his circumstances or he would end up like his brother.His substance abuse and lifestyle had driven a wedge between him and his family, but he reached out to his parents, and after much consideration, they finally relented and let him move back into their home.
Randall contacted Legal Aid for help because his Medicaid benefits were being discontinued based on a determination that he was no longer medically eligible. A Legal Aid attorney represented Randall at an administrative hearing and was able to discredit the report of Family Support Division’s examining psychologist. That, coupled with a strong letter from his neurologist, resulted in a favorable hearing decision for Randall. Randall’s attorney was able to get Medicaid to cover Randall’s past medical expenses based on the retroactive coverage granted by the hearing decision.
Randall is well on his way to a healthier, more stable life as a result and his relationship with his family has never been stronger.