Initiatives & Partnerships
Williams Class Provider
In 2012, Trilogy was chosen by the Illinois Department of Human Services to be a contracted Williams Class Member provider. Trilogy is one of nine statewide community mental health organizations assisting men and women who have lived in a nursing home setting for large portions of their lives with the transition of moving into their own apartments as part of the implementation plan set forth by the State of Illinois' Williams Consent Decree. Some of the services we provide to these clients include support and intensive case management services up to seven days a week. We assist individuals in finding their own apartment, shopping for groceries, and providing the tools they need to live independently.
The people Trilogy has successfully transitioned from nursing homes are now making meals for themselves, doing their own laundry, and participating in all the activities so many of us take for granted as we go about our daily lives. They are engaged in employment services—some, for the first time in their lives—and learning to live independently. Throughout their recovery, Trilogy is committed to continually offering these individuals the support and resources they need to smoothly re-enter the community-at-large.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
On August 1, 2013, Trilogy began our Housing First Program as part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program. All of HUD’s permanent supportive housing programs are designed to serve homeless persons who are disabled, including those who are seriously mentally ill and/or who have chronic problems with alcohol, drugs, or both. Trilogy was awarded $237,109 in Fiscal Year 2013 by HUD to assist HUD-qualified homeless people—who are also adults living with severe mental illness—get off the streets and into permanent housing, while also offering them access to essential supportive services.
Trilogy’s Housing First Program provides an additional 25 units of housing to eligible persons. Of those units, 15 of them are one bedroom apartments and 10 are studio apartments. We coordinate the needs of individuals enrolled in the program through our Housing and Intake programs so that we can best match a candidate’s behavioral healthcare needs with the evidence-based recovery services we offer. All HUD-qualified candidates have access to Trilogy staff and peer support, intensive case management services, and the opportunity to take advantage of the full range of services Trilogy offers
In 2009, we invited Heartland Health Centers (HHC) to be our Integrated Healthcare Program's primary healthcare partner in order to improve accessibility and affordability of a comprehensive primary and mental healthcare system for individuals with serious mental illness. In 2010, Trilogy and HHC successfully applied for and received a Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) four-year multi-million dollar federal grant in support of expanding our Integrated Healthcare Program by having Heartland Health Centers co-locate a branch of their FQHC clinic within our 1400 W. Greenleaf building. Our Trilogy Heartland Integrated Healthcare clinic incorporates both psychiatric and primary care assessments as well as follow-up care for our clients. The fully integrated clinic aims to better coordinate a holistic strategy for care for our client base and works to reduce and eliminate barriers to medical care for individuals with serious mental illness.
Trilogy’s partnership with the Rush University College of Nursing began in 2008 and plays a key role in expanding the capacity to provide affordable healthcare to our underserved client population. Our Director of Integrated Healthcare, who also serves as a faculty member at Rush University, supervises a large group of nursing students each semester as they assist with the development and execution of our educational programming, perform health assessments at our 1400 W. Greenleaf building and our residential sites, and partner with clinical staff to provide basic primary care and health assessments in the community for those clients who require more intensive supports and services. This program has increased access to affordable healthcare for our underserved client population by leveraging the enthusiasm and resources of more than 250 Rush nursing students who have interned at Trilogy. It is a unique opportunity that allows students to participate in every aspect of the growth of our innovative Integrated Healthcare Program while gaining a comprehensive understanding of Trilogy’s holistic, multidisciplinary team approach to treatment.
In FY16, Trilogy began our collaboration with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) as a way to increase the availability of mental health services for Latinos living in Chicago and the surrounding area. The collaboration with IIT is part of a three year study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) which is a non-profit, non-governmental organization interested in helping patients, clinicians, purchasers, and policy makers make better informed health decisions by “advancing the quality and relevance of evidence about how to prevent, diagnose, treat, monitor, and manage diseases, disorders, and other health conditions.”
The aim of this study is to develop a meaningful peer-navigator program for Latinos with mental health conditions using Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). Seven Hispanic/Latinos with mental health conditions, who comprise the Consumer Research Team (CRT), guide this project and are working together with Trilogy to fully understand the Latino community’s perspective on health care needs in order to develop a peer-navigation system which meets that need. This will be accomplished by having the CRT host focus groups and interviews with stakeholdersto help identify and define the current barriers to care. This information will then help us design an intervention strategy using an integrated model of Peer-Navigators. We hope that this peer-navigator model will prove to be the support system thatHispanic/Latinos with mental health conditions need to engage in integrated care.
The grant for this three-year study provides Trilogy with funding to hire a supervisor and four Latino Peer Navigators. There will be 100 Latinos enrolled in this program. Every participant in the study will have access to the comprehensive array of physical and mental health services offered at Trilogy.