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Trilogy’s Employment Program Obtains Top Fidelity Score

Posted by Adolfo Luna on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 @ 11:25 AM

Last March, Team Olympic of the Supported Employment Program (SEP) at Trilogy was reviewed by the Illinois Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health and received one of the top scores in the State of Illinois. In this post, we explain how the resulting fidelity score serves as an indicator of how well the team adheres to the most progressive, evidence-based model offered to individuals with mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

This April, Team Denali of SEP was also reviewed and can now proudly say they hold the highest fidelity score in the state. The team obtained a score of 123 from their review, and great acclaims from the reviewers.  Torrie Baker, Manager of the IPS Supported Employment Program, says “the reviewers were truly impressed with the team’s adherence to the model of IPS across all service provisions.” In interviews conducted during the review, employment team members were not the only ones who were well versed in the services offered, their importance, and the role they play in recovery for our clients. The reviewers also spoke to six employees outside of the employment program, and all of them could promote and speak about employment services with great accuracy. “This affirms how the employment program works to reach new populations through integration with innovative new programs at the organization like First Episode Psychosis, Williams, and Colbert.

The exemplary performance of Team Denali has been recognized in years past through many markers, opportunities, and awards. In 2013, the team achieved the highest baseline fidelity score in the history of Illinois, indicating great performance from the offset. In 2015, the team received the Transformation Award from the Dartmouth, Johnson & Johnson learning collaborative for transforming the employment program into the new model of IPS.

With this growing recognition, the work at Trilogy is even reaching audiences abroad. In the summer of 2016, a team of six employment specialists from the Netherlands came to shadow Team Denali for one week. The team from the Netherlands was new to the IPS model, and won a trip to observe an IPS Supported Employment Program in the USA. Dartmouth, the creator of this model had recommended Team Denali for this visit.

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Tags: employment services, Awards

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’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

I Wasn’t Ready To Quit By Ernest B.

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 @ 10:43 AM

In 2013, Trilogy’s Supported Employment Program underwent an intensive two-day fidelity review and received the highest initial Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model fidelity score in the history of the program in Illinois. As a result, Trilogy’s Supported Employment Program was invited to become a learning partner in the internationally-recognized Johnson & Johnson—Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program.

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Tags: recovery, mental health, employment services, recovery story, depression

Working is a Win-Win by Todd A.

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Wed, May 22, 2013 @ 11:49 AM

In 2010, Trilogy implemented the evidence-based practice of Supported Employment—a practice model designed to assist mental health consumers who believe they are ready to enter or reenter the workforce. Work is a great way for people to engage with the world and the goal of service Supported Employment is to give each person the opportunity to “own” the job seeking process while improving their life and recovery. The employment program has given Trilogy an opportunity to form partnerships with many different businesses—including Target, Walgreens, and Westin Hotels & Resorts—and is open to every one of our more than 650 clients.

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Tags: recovery, mental illness, mental health, employment services, mental health awareness month, recovery story