Trilogy Blog

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 Attends Launch of The Kennedy Forum In Boston

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 @ 09:43 AM
(l to r) John Mayes, Trilogy President and Chief Executive Officer; Ruth McMahon, Trilogy Chief Development Officer; Heather O'Donnell, Thresholds Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy; Mark Ishaug, Thresholds Chief Executive Officer
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Tags: behavioral healthcare, excellence in mental health act, advocacy, community mental health act, cmha, Kennedy Forum, boston

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

Advocating For The Excellence in Mental Health Act

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Fri, Sep 06, 2013 @ 04:25 PM

September is National Recovery Month and Trilogy is celebrating the only way we know how—through advocacy! Today, we would like to voice our support for the Excellence in Mental Health Act (EMH)—a bill that provides better funding and access to mental health services for the nation.

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Tags: mental illness, behavioral healthcare, excellence in mental health act, integrated healthcare, advocacy, national council for behavioral healthcare, government funding, medicaid