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Trilogy Employee Bestowed Vollendorf Peer Leadership Award

Posted by Adolfo Luna on Thu, Jul 06, 2017 @ 02:01 PM

In-Home Recovery Support Specialist at Trilogy, Charles Mack, received the Vollendorf Peer Leadership Award on Friday June 2nd in a ceremony at the Thompson Center. The ceremony was part of the 2017 Nothing About Us Without Us Recovery Conference.

The Vollendorf Peer Leadership Award was instituted in honor of Carol Vollendorf, a Recovery Support Specialist and mental health activist who worked in the field for nearly two decades before her death in 2007. The award seeks to honor her memory by recognizing persons, who like Carol, provide exemplary inspiration, service, and empowerment to their peers. Every year, individuals who are currently in their own process of recovery from mental illness or co-occurring challenges nominate candidates for the award who they see as heroes. Charles says the news of his nomination came as a “total surprise,” and that now he feels “honored to be the recipient of this award, instilling its meaning to fellow peers.”

Charles started at Trilogy in the Fall of 2015 and brought years of experience working in community mental health with him. Prior to joining Trilogy, he worked at the Lake County Health Department as a case manager for clients of the Williams Consent Decree, which enabled qualifying individuals with mental illness to be moved from state-funded facilities into communities where they can live independently with professional support. He now continues this work at Trilogy, engaging with clients representing varying levels of need. Charles sees skill-building as a central component of his work, teaching clients how to lead more independent lives inside and outside their home environment. This can include teaching them to utilize basic home appliances, access resources in their community, using public transportation. Charles isn’t only tasked with helping clients adapt to their new community, he also helps them encompass a holistic perspective as they build skills based on their personal strengths. He says “I help my peers embrace all aspects of life, including housing, employment, education, mental health and healthcare treatment and Substance Abuse services, spirituality, creativity, social networks, community participation, and family supports as determined by the peer themselves.”

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Tags: peer specialist, Trilogy Staff, Awards

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

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

Healing From Trauma

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Fri, Mar 07, 2014 @ 11:59 AM

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.

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Tags: recovery, trauma-informed care, trauma, behavioral healthcare, national council for behavioral healthcare, Cheryl Sharp, peer specialist, WRAP

With Proper Support You Can Recover by Diana Tifase

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Fri, Nov 08, 2013 @ 03:30 PM

Diana is a peer specialist who works in the Trilogy Beacon. A passionate advocate for recovery and trauma-informed care, she was recently the guest speaker at the Illinois Region 1 Integrated Behavioral Health Network Meeting where she shared her story of recovery:

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Tags: recovery, trauma-informed care, trauma, mental illness, mental health, behavioral healthcare, recovery story, stigma, serious mental illness, reduce stigma, advocacy, peer specialist

My Personal Story of Recovery by Regina Moffett

Posted by Ruth McMahon on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 @ 02:46 PM

I was a happy child and had a typical childhood.  I grew up in a two parent home in which both parents worked.  I was in high school when I started noticing that I was different.  I couldn’t always be around people and I would sometimes “snap” at my friends. My parents were older and to them I was rebellious and always acting out.  They had no idea about mental illness, but looking back, I know now that I was sick.  It was during that time that I met my first husband. I dropped out of high school and for the next twenty years, I was a victim of domestic violence. I thought I didn’t have a choice.  I was acting out.  It was my fault.  Soon, my husband started experimenting with drugs. I then started taking drugs to dull the pain and to dull the symptoms of my mental illness. I thought it made my situation better, but it made it much worse. I ended up being hospitalized nine times.

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Tags: recovery, mental illness, mental health, recovery story, peer specialist