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.
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.
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.
A person’s physical health and mental health are inextricably linked. Individuals who are living with a mental illness are more likely to live with co-morbidities, including heart disease; diabetes; and obesity, while exercise has been shown to decrease symptoms of certain mental illnesses, including depression. Trilogy focuses on fostering overall wellness for each employee and person served. We believe that people can and do make good choices for themselves when offered accurate information, a wide-array of recovery options, acceptance, and support which is why we have declared the summer of 2014 our Summer of Wellness!
Joseph C. is one of more than 500 people who take advantage of the services offered through the Trilogy Heartland Integrated Healthcare clinic each year. Trilogy established our Integrated Healthcare Program in 2008 to help address the needs of individuals like Joseph who are living with serious mental illness and, often times as a result of that mental illness, have trouble accessing quality primary health services.
Today, Trilogy joined the American Cancer Society in support of their Great American Smokeout, an event which happens every year on the third Thursday of November. The American Cancer Society encourages smokers to participate in the Great American Smokeout and to use it to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day.
In 1990 the U.S. Congress designated the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week in recognition of the effort of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to educate and increase awareness about mental illness. Since its inception, Mental Illness Awareness Week has been a time for mental health advocates to join together and promote community outreach and advocate for recovery from serious mental illness.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, people with mental illness are 70 percent more likely to smoke cigarettes than people without mental illness. People with mental illness may be less able to navigate the health care system to get to the doctors, support groups, or cessation tools that can help them quit. And, despite the significant health risks, many doctors and clinicians view smoking as a problem that is secondary to managing symptoms of mental illness.1
Yesterday, Trilogy and some of our healthcare partners—Chicago House, Rush University College of Nursing, Heartland Health Centers, and Housing Opportunities for Women (HOW)—hosted our first annual Passport to Wellness Fair! More than 100 Trilogy clients, employees, and Beacon consumers picked up their wellness passports and traveled through our fun, educational, campus-wide event, where they had the opportunity to learn about managing their health through informative presentations and health screenings.