Trilogy Blog

A Passionate Professional, Making A Positive Impact

Posted by Adolfo Luna on Tue, Apr 11, 2017 @ 09:13 AM

Thomas Southerland obtained his B.A. in Business Marketing and Psychology, but after a brief stint of working in the marketing field, knew he would go on to pursue career options where he could apply his studies of the mind and behavior. He also considered options in counseling and academia, while working two and a half years as a social worker at a nursing home in Hickory, North Carolina. This would cement his plans to pursue social work. Thomas went on to obtain his MSW from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and moved to Chicago shortly thereafter.

Not long after his move, Southerland started at Trilogy as a Transitional Coordinator, assisting individuals with mental illness in moving out of nursing institutions and transitioning into community settings where they could lead more independent lives. In his time at Trilogy, he has worked in different programs and progressing roles, all of which gave him a broad understanding of management and healthcare for individuals in mental health recovery.  Now, as Clinical Director of the South Shore and Lawndale locations, Southerland applies this encompassing understanding of care to oversee direct client services.

Not surprisingly, the provision of such varied services in uniquely different neighborhoods requires him to wear different hats. Southerland believes that this flexibility is intrinsic to many social workers. He says that the field of social work attracts individuals who are willing to help those facing very difficult times in their lives, and those difficult times are as varied as they are unpredictable. To him, social work means staying flexible, being creative, and adapting quickly to the fluctuations life throws our clients.

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Tags: Trilogy Staff, National Social Work Month

Trilogy’s Employment Program Top State Performer

Posted by Adolfo Luna on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 @ 12:02 PM

Since 2012, Trilogy’s Supported Employment Program has exhibited passion and dedication to helping individuals with mental illness maximize their independence and quality of life. This excellence was recognized in 2013 when the program received the highest baseline fidelity score in the history of the state of Illinois, and again in 2015 when it was honored with the Transformation Award from the Johnson and Johnson – Dartmouth IPS Learning Collaborative. This year, Trilogy continues its exemplary work, earning a top fidelity score in Illinois for its provision of employment services.

At Trilogy, there are four employment teams serving the Edgewater, Rogers Park, South Shore, Lawndale, and several other neighborhoods in Chicago. This March, the Edgewater team, founded in 2014 through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), was up for a review of its performance.

This review was conducted by the Illinois Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health, which evaluates all supported employment programs in the state of Illinois using a fidelity scale developed at Dartmouth University in 1995 and is still used as a tool to measure the level of implementation of the evidence-based practice. The review requires at least 1.5 days in which the staff, organization, and its services are carefully and objectively rated. The fidelity score produced at the end is an indicator of how closely the services being provided adhere to the model of Individual Placement and Support (IPS), the most progressive, evidence-based model offered to individuals with mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

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Tags: employment services, Trilogy Staff, Awards, National Social Work Month

Trilogy Staff Member Visits Pakistan

Posted by Adolfo Luna on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 @ 09:07 AM

Earlier this year, Sarah Fletcher, Director of Intensive Outreach Services at Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, embarked on a month-long assignment in Karachi, Pakistan. Fletcher traveled more than 7,500 miles to launch a training course for mental health professionals. Most of the participants in the course were staff at The Recovery House (TRH), an organization that has been treating and caring for adults living with mental illness since 2010.

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Tags: partnerships, Trilogy Staff, National Social Work Month, international

Rich Adelman Joins Trilogy as Chief Financial Officer

Posted by Adolfo Luna on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 @ 01:57 PM

Chicago, IL - Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare is pleased to announce the appointment of Rich Adelman as Chief Financial Officer. Rich brings more than 30 years of experience in financial management, with an emphasis on business improvement. He has held leadership roles with middle-market companies across multiple sectors, including non-profit agencies.

Prior to joining Trilogy, Rich was the Vice President of Finance for Thresholds, and brings extensive experience in contract administration, process design and administrative best practices.

John Mayes, President and CEO of Trilogy said, "Rich is a welcome addition to the Trilogy Tribe and we expect great things from him. His skill set and experience are just what we need to enhance our foundation during this sustained period of rapid growth."

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Tags: Trilogy Staff, New to Trilogy, Leadership at Trilogy

President & CEO John Mayes' Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted by Adolfo Luna on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

John Mayes, President and CEO of Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., was honored by the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association (CBHA) of Illinois with its 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. Mayes received the award on Dec. 12, 2016, during CBHA’s annual conference at the Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg. In presenting the honor, CBHA Chief Executive Officer Marvin Lindsey praised Mayes for, "his contributions to the behavioral health systems in Illinois and the people we serve."

CBHA is a not-for-profit association of providers of mental health, substance abuse, and youth services to Illinois citizens. The organization has been recognized for its effective advocacy of state policies and funding that support community behavioral health.

Mayes’ career in mental health spans 32 years, beginning in 1984 at Thresholds, where he rose from program director of West Side Programs to an associate director overseeing a dozen programs across the organization. At Thresholds, Mayes piloted many successful initiatives, including providing individual psychotherapy to people with dual diagnoses and complex trauma and residential programs for people with dual diagnoses. He also played an instrumental role in the establishment of one of the first client advisory groups in the state.

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Tags: Awards, Leadership at Trilogy

Dee Atkins Joins Trilogy as Chief Communications & Development Officer

Posted by Adolfo Luna on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 @ 04:02 PM

Chicago, IL - Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare is pleased to announce the hire of Dee Atkins as the new Chief Communications & Development Officer. Ms. Atkins brings to the organization more than 15 years of experience as a nonprofit administrator in fundraising, corporate social responsibility, volunteer management, and community outreach. She will lead efforts to expand relationships with key stakeholders, including board members, donors, and care providers.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dee to our ‘Trilogy Tribe’ and executive team. She brings a skill set that is just the complement we have been hoping for,” said John Mayes, President and CEO of Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare.

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Tags: Trilogy Staff, New to Trilogy

Trilogy Celebrates Black History Month 2017

Posted by Adolfo Luna on Mon, Feb 13, 2017 @ 03:40 PM

This February, Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare celebrates Black History Month with special events at several organization locations for our staff and clients. Each week this month is dedicated to a different theme that highlights the richness and diversity of ‘Black History’, culminating in a big event on February 23rd.

In case you missed it, February 1st - 7th paid tribute to Black Arts. The opening celebrations started with a creative bang featuring performances by clients, as well as presentations, films, and trivia revolving around Black pioneers in the Arts.

February 8th -14th celebrates Black Leadership.  Activities featured in the drop-in centers will educate participants about these leaders and include screenings of movies like “Selma”, and “Southside With You”. Our final theme for the month is Black Excellence in Athletics, from February 15th – 22nd.  More movies, trivia games for the chance to win a number of prizes, and open mics are expected during the weeks’ activities. In order to ensure that more clients and staff can participate in this year’s event, the organizer, Alexandra Johnson planned events at our Northside and Southside locations.

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Tags: Black History Month, Events at Trilogy

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

Trilogy’s In SHAPE Wellness Program

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 @ 03:46 PM

Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare strives to break down the barriers that prevent people with mental illness from gaining access to quality health care and health information. These efforts have led to the creation of our award-winning Integrated Healthcare Clinic, our partnership with Heartland Health Centers, and the establishment of Illinois’ first Occupational Therapy Program in community-based mental health. Our Integrated Healthcare Program (IHC) ensures that our clients have access to an array of healthcare options so they can find the wellness and nutrition program that will help them reach their goals.

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Tags: mental health, integrated healthcare, Trilogy services, partnerships