Trilogy Blog

Occupational Therapy: Supporting independent living for our clients

Posted by Adolfo Luna on Fri, Apr 14, 2017 @ 09:02 AM

If you follow us on our social media, you recently read about some of the Occupational Therapists here at Trilogy. You might be wondering what an occupational therapist does, or how they fit into our mission of supporting individuals with mental illness. Since April 2017 marks not only the national observance of Occupational Therapy (OT) Month, but also the centennial of the profession, we thought it an appropriate occasion to highlight the nature of OT at Trilogy.

In 2012, when Trilogy was designated a Williams Class Member service provider by the State of Illinois, we were one of the first community-based mental health organizations to assist individuals transitioning out of nursing homes and into the community. It became apparent early-on that many of the Williams’ clients needed individualized support to learn or relearn skills necessary for a successful transition into independent living. Trilogy firmly believed these daily living skills were also essential to the client’s mental health recovery, and hired and Occupational Therapist. Additionally, the organization leased an apartment where clients could practice independent living skills in preparation for their move out of the nursing home. (1)

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Tags: community-based mental health, Williams Consent Decree, Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapist

Mental Health Awareness Month: Early Intervention Is Key

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Fri, May 01, 2015 @ 03:00 PM

Each May, Trilogy joins with Mental Health America in celebrating Mental Health Month. For more than 65 years, May has been recognized as Mental Health Month by people across the country and seen as a time to raise awareness about mental health. This year the theme of Mental Health Month is B4Stage4, which is aimed at getting people to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness and reaching out for treatment of mental health disorders before they reach Stage 4.

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Tags: mental illness, mental health, community-based mental health, mental health awareness month, stigma, serious mental illness, reduce stigma

Improving Access to Innovative Care in 2014

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 @ 03:59 PM

2014 was a very important year in the field of behavioral health care. In January, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was implemented, giving all Americans access to affordable health insurance options. The ACA expanded access to mental health services for 62 million Americans who were unable to access these important services before, making it the most monumental legislation involving behavioral health care since John F. Kennedy signed the Community Mental Health Act in 1963. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) received a $144 million increase in federal funding, which meant more support for Primary Behavioral Heath Care Integration (PBHCI) and evidence based programs, among other things. In April 2014, President Barack Obama signed The Excellence in Mental Health Act into law. This legislation will establish pilot Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC) programs in eight states and will increase access to community mental health and will create models for the standard of care at behavioral health centers across the nation. And, in July, the final rules for The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) were implemented. The law now requires “group health plans and health insurance issuers to ensure that financial requirements (such as co-pays, deductibles) and treatment limitations (such as visit limits) applicable to mental health or substance use disorder (MH/SUD) benefits are no more restrictive than the predominant requirements or limitations applied to substantially all medical/surgical benefits1.” This final ruling demonstrates that our federal government views behavioral health care services as an essential health benefit.

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Tags: mental illness, mental health, community-based mental health, behavioral healthcare, affordable care act, treatment, excellence in mental health act

Trilogy’s Open House Extravaganza!

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 @ 12:15 PM

Last Friday, Trilogy hosted an Open House Extravaganza for nursing home residents who are considering moving out into the community as a Williams or Colbert Class Member. Many of the people Trilogy serves have been living in nursing facilities for years and some have never lived on their own. For these individuals, the thought of taking steps toward a more independent living situation can be overwhelming. The Open House gave people an opportunity to learn about the services we provide and to speak with peers who have already made the transition and are living independently. Attendees also got a sneak peak of our newly remodeled Beacon space, where they had the chance to get a free haircut, a free manicure, win raffle prizes, and socialize with each other.

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Tags: recovery, mental illness, community-based mental health, Chicago, Williams Consent Decree

Trilogy: A Pioneer In Providing Integrated Healthcare

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 @ 10:17 AM

In 2010, Trilogy partnered with Heartland Health Centers (HHC) and became one of 45 mental health organizations across the country to be awarded a competitive multimillion dollar, four year federal grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in support of expanding our Integrated Healthcare Program (IHC). As participants in SAMHSA’s Primary and Behavioral Healthcare Integration (PBHCI) program, Trilogy became a part of a nationwide collective of innovative behavioral healthcare organizations that are addressing barriers to quality primary healthcare for individuals with serious mental illness which normally exist in the traditional, parallel treatment methods employed across the United States. Since 2010, the number of PBHCI grantees has grown from 45 to 100.

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Tags: community-based mental health, behavioral healthcare, treatment, integrated healthcare, serious mental illness, Trilogy services

Trilogy Beacon Drop-In Center Remodeling Begins!

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

Since 2010, Trilogy has experienced substantial growth and numerous changes that have enhanced our ability to provide the most up-to-date behavioral health services to a historically underserved population. In 2010, Trilogy served 579 individuals living with serious mental illness. Today, we serve more than 1500 individuals each year. In 2010, there were approximately 60 Trilogy Team members working from 1400 W. Greenleaf to provide individuals with the best behavioral healthcare services available. We now have more than 235 positions spread across four offices in Chicago and Evanston and these employees are providing outreach, evidence-based clinical services and supports. And, in 2010, the Trilogy Beacon, our peer-led drop-in center, was just getting off the ground. With the support of a $330,000 Title XX grant we hired three part-time and two full-time Peer Specialists and an Employment Specialist. We opened the Trilogy Beacon with the intent of providing recovery services for approximately 400 participants per year who might otherwise not have access to treatment.

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Tags: mental illness, mental health, community-based mental health, treatment, Trilogy services, peer specialist

Occupational Therapy Assists People in Achieving Independence by Krista Thanos

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 @ 01:14 PM

When Trilogy was selected by the State of Illinois to be one of the first community-based mental health organizations designated as a Williams Class Member service provider, we agreed to assist men and women who have lived in nursing homes for large portions of their lives with the transition of moving into their own independent apartments. As our Williams Transition Team began enrolling people into the program, they noticed that a large number of the residents moving out on their own needed individualized supports to address deficits in their day-to-day living skills.

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Tags: mental health, community-based mental health, treatment, Williams Consent Decree, stigma, serious mental illness, reduce stigma, Trilogy services, Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapist

Social Connectedness in Recovery

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 @ 02:11 PM


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Tags: recovery, mental illness, mental health, community-based mental health, treatment, reduce stigma, Trilogy services, Psycosocial Rehabilitation, PSR, groups

The Importance of Advocating for Mental Health

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 @ 04:07 PM

Earlier this week, our CEO, John Mayes and members of our leadership team—along with more than 600 behavioral healthcare providers and advocates from across the country—stood on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building advocating for increased funding and better access to mental health services as part of the National Council For Behavioral Health’s Hill Day 2013. While in Washington, our team discussed the importance of the Excellence in Mental Health Act with representatives from the offices of Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL).

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Tags: mental illness, mental health, community-based mental health, excellence in mental health act, advocacy, national council for behavioral healthcare, hill day 2013

It Was Worth The Wait! By Robert M.

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 @ 03:49 PM

As a Williams Consent Decree Provider for the State of Illinois, Trilogy’s Williams Transition Team has assisted more than 100 people with their transition from nursing homes into independent living. Each individual we have worked with has a unique story of that process and what it has meant for them. Robert M. is a current Trilogy client who took time from planning a trip to Colorado with his family to talk about what the opportunity to live on his own has meant to him. His story shows just how important the Williams Consent Decree is for individuals who are currently residing in nursing homes but who are capable of living on their own with community-based assistance. 

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Tags: recovery, community-based mental health, behavioral healthcare, recovery story, Williams Consent Decree, reduce stigma