Trilogy Blog

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

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

I Found More than a Home, I Found Stability By Barbara S.

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 @ 11:35 AM

Last year, we posted a recovery story from Barbara S., who began working with Trilogy and our Housing First Program in October 2013. Trilogy’s Housing First Program is designed to serve homeless persons who are living with a serious mental illness and/or who have co-occurring problems with alcohol and/or substance abuse. In Fiscal Year 2013, Trilogy was awarded $237,109 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program to assist 25 HUD-qualified homeless people in transitioning from the streets into permanent supported housing.

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Tags: recovery, mental illness, mental health, recovery story, Trilogy's Housing First

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

Advocacy: Raising Awareness, Reducing The Stigma

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 @ 04:10 PM

Advocacy is an important means of raising awareness on mental health issues and ensuring that mental health is on the national agenda of governments. Advocacy can lead to improvements in policy, legislation and service development.

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Tags: recovery, mental illness, mental health, behavioral healthcare, reduce stigma, advocacy

Trauma-Informed Care and Substance Use Treatment

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 @ 03:11 PM

Last month, Regina Moffett, Certified Recovery Support Specialist and Trilogy advocate, was the keynote speaker at the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Trauma-Informed Care Learning Community for Addictions Programs kick-off conference in Baltimore, MD. Her presentation, The Intersection of Trauma and Addictions: A Trauma-Informed Recovery, focused on Trilogy’s trauma-informed approach to addiction treatment.

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Tags: recovery, trauma-informed care, trauma, mental illness, mental health, IDDT, substance abuse, national council for behavioral healthcare, Cheryl Sharp, peer specialist, mental illness awareness week

Raising Suicide Prevention Awareness

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 @ 11:37 AM

Less than a month ago the world received news of the passing of award-winning actor, Robin Williams, who completed suicide after years of publicly talking about his struggles with depressive moods and substance use. With Williams’ passing, the world joined together in mourning for a public figure who was admired by many and began conversations across social media platforms about suicide prevention and the stigma associated with both suicide and mental illness.

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Tags: mental illness, mental health, stigma, reduce stigma, advocacy, world suicide prevention day, suicide prevention, suicide

Turning My Life Around By Jesse P.

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

Earlier this month, it was announced that Trilogy was a $10,000 winner in the Guaranteed Rate Ultimate Neighborhood Giveback Challenge. The award is being used to partially fund our Beacon revitalization project, which we began at the end of July. The goal of the Beacon revitalization project is to expand Trilogy’s capacity to serve individuals in Rogers Park and the surrounding community who self-identify as having a mental illness by offering them a safe space to work on their recovery. Jesse P. has been participating in the Trilogy Beacon for almost three years and he credits the services he receives in the Beacon, and other Trilogy programs, for helping him turn his life around.

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Tags: recovery, mental illness, recovery story, Chicago

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