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.
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
Individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual's functioning and physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being.
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).
This year marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy signing the Community Mental Health Act (CMHA) into law. The CMHA was the first legislation passed for mental health and it funded the establishment of comprehensive community mental health centers, like Trilogy, across the country. This altered the way mental health services were delivered and was a historic moment for people living with serious mental illness. These community mental health centers helped people with mental illnesses who were “warehoused” in hospitals and institutions move back into their communities and forge independent lives for themselves. The CMHA was the beginning of a movement to assist people in their recovery from serious mental illness and the fight to reduce the stigma associated with it.
On April 8-10, 2013, six Trilogy staff members attended the 2013 National Council Mental Health and Addictions Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The three day conference was full of excellent speakers, inspiring stories and gripping data; all of which left us with plenty of thoughts about how to implement innovative ideas, improve programs, and ultimately help Trilogy provide the highest quality of services to the clients we serve.