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Trilogy’s Supported Employment:                                              Using Dartmouth’s Individual Placement and Supports Model

Posted by Ruth McMahon on Mon, Feb 08, 2016 @ 03:59 PM

By Torrie Baker, Trilogy IPS Supported Employment Program Manager

Trilogy recently hosted an Open House at our Edgewater location to promote our nationally recognized Supported Employment Program. Our Supported Employment team in the Chicago neighborhood of Edgewater actively assists clients with finding employment in the community and is funded through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Illinois State Senator Heather Steans attended the event and spoke about the importance of the program not only for the more than 200 people that Trilogy has assisted with finding employment, but for the community as a whole. Torrie Baker, Trilogy’s IPS Supported Employment Program Manager, shared her thoughts on the role employment plays in recovery:

“For the past eight years, I have witnessed firsthand the overwhelmingly positive impact that employment can have on a person’s quality of life. An individual’s entire outlook can change the moment they hear the words, “We’d like to offer you… [Insert title of position you have been seeking for days, weeks, or even months].” Work is important to all of us. It provides us with a sense of purpose and direction. Often work challenges us and allows us the opportunity to grow, hone a new skill, meet a friend, or create lasting connections. And last, but certainly not least, working provides us with the means to support ourselves and provides us with an avenue to becoming an active and contributing member of society.

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Tags: recovery, mental illness, employment services, SAMHSA, partnerships

Join the Voices for Recovery:                                                               Be a Part of National Recovery Month!

Posted by Ruth McMahon on Tue, Sep 08, 2015 @ 03:19 PM

Trilogy's mission is to assist people in their recovery from serious mental illness by helping them discover and reclaim their own capabilities and life direction. Each September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors Recovery Month to promote the prevention, treatment, and recovery from mental illness and substance use disorders, while celebrating people in recovery. This year’s theme of Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable! focuses on the importance of peer support in recovery and encourages individuals and their support systems to confront the stigma and advocate for change in their communities by starting conversations about the prevention, treatment, and recovery of behavioral health conditions.

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Tags: recovery

Innovative Leader of Integrative Healthcare Retiring From Trilogy

Posted by Ruth McMahon on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 @ 04:08 PM

Dr. Sara Gotheridge, M.D., the lead architect of Trilogy’s nationally recognized Integrated Healthcare Program, joined the Trilogy team in 2003 as a part-time psychiatrist and was quickly promoted to Trilogy’s Chief Medical Officer. During her twelve years with the organization, Dr. Gotheridge was a guiding force not only in the implementation of Integrative Healthcare at Trilogy, but in the implementation of best practices for integrative care in the field of behavioral healthcare.

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Tags: behavioral healthcare, integrated healthcare

Bringing Health and Wellness to Trilogy’s ACT Team by Vanessa Roush, MSN, RN

Posted by Ruth McMahon on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 @ 02:06 PM

I started working as a nurse on Trilogy’s Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team in November 2012. As a nursing student at Rush University, I completed two nursing rotations and my clinical immersion at the Trilogy Heartland Integrated Healthcare clinic. I was only the second nursing student to ever complete their immersion—a clinical program in which you work full-time as a student nurse for a month—at Trilogy. During my rotations and clinical immersion, I really liked that I was never stuck in one area and that the scope of my job was always changing. It happened that at the end of my immersion, Trilogy was looking to hire a full-time nurse for ACT. I immediately applied and, thankfully, was hired. 

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Tags: Williams Consent Decree, Assertive Community Treatment, ACT Nurse

The Importance of Mental Health First Aid by Mary Colleran

Posted by Ruth McMahon on Mon, Mar 04, 2013 @ 02:03 PM

“You’re more likely to see someone having a panic attack than you are to see someone having a heart attack,” says Linda Rosenberg, CEO of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. Mental health problems – such as depression and anxiety– are common in the United States. In fact, each year more than one in four American adults will experience a serious mental health issue. The National Council on Community Behavioral Healthcare is working with communities and organizations throughout the nation, including Trilogy, to implement Mental Health First Aid to arm the public with skills necessary to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. 

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Tags: recovery, reduce stigma, Mental Health First Aid

My Personal Story of Recovery by Regina Moffett

Posted by Ruth McMahon on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 @ 02:46 PM

I was a happy child and had a typical childhood.  I grew up in a two parent home in which both parents worked.  I was in high school when I started noticing that I was different.  I couldn’t always be around people and I would sometimes “snap” at my friends. My parents were older and to them I was rebellious and always acting out.  They had no idea about mental illness, but looking back, I know now that I was sick.  It was during that time that I met my first husband. I dropped out of high school and for the next twenty years, I was a victim of domestic violence. I thought I didn’t have a choice.  I was acting out.  It was my fault.  Soon, my husband started experimenting with drugs. I then started taking drugs to dull the pain and to dull the symptoms of my mental illness. I thought it made my situation better, but it made it much worse. I ended up being hospitalized nine times.

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Tags: recovery, mental illness, mental health, recovery story, peer specialist

World AIDS Day: Getting to Zero by Ruth McMahon

Posted by Ruth McMahon on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 @ 01:18 PM

December 1, 2012 will mark the 24th Anniversary of the first World AIDS Day—a day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. According to the World AIDS Campaign website, “this year’s World AIDS Day is about “Getting to Zero” by 2015 – Zero AIDS Related Deaths, Zero New Infections and Zero Discrimination.  The current facts: 

  • More than 25 million people have died from AIDS and complications from HIV infection.  Although rates of new infections have decreased by 20 percent since 2001, an estimated 2.5 million people contracted HIV in 2011.[1]


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Tags: mental illness, HIV testing, World AIDS Day

Collaboration: An Essential Component For Any Community-Based Mental Health Organization

Posted by Ruth McMahon on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 @ 11:43 AM

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Tags: community-based mental health, integrated healthcare, collaboration, partnerships

Coordination of Care by Ruth McMahon

Posted by Ruth McMahon on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 @ 01:35 PM

Physical health is a necessary component of a recovery-focused lifestyle. The majority of Trilogy clients depend on Medicaid to pay for their healthcare needs.  In 2011, the State of Illinois adopted a Medicaid Reform law that will require 50% of Medicaid clients to be enrolled in care coordination programs by 2015. “The goal is to redesign the healthcare delivery system so that is more patient-centered, with a focus on improved health outcomes and evidence-based treatments, enhanced patient access, and patient safety”, according to the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS).  Therefore, many behavioral healthcare providers—including Trilogy—have partnered with other behavioral healthcare providers, primary care providers, pharmaceutical companies, as well as hospitals to form Care Coordination Entities (CCE) to ensure the best access to care for our clients.

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Tags: recovery, integrated healthcare, serious mental illness

Learning to Talk by Alison Larkin

Posted by Ruth McMahon on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 @ 03:01 PM

90% of public mental health consumers have been exposed to trauma.[1]

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Tags: recovery, trauma-informed care, trauma