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

Join the Voices for Recovery:                                                               Be a Part of National Recovery Month!

Posted by Ruth McMahon on Tue, Sep 08, 2015 @ 03:19 PM

Trilogy's mission is to assist people in their recovery from serious mental illness by helping them discover and reclaim their own capabilities and life direction. Each September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors Recovery Month to promote the prevention, treatment, and recovery from mental illness and substance use disorders, while celebrating people in recovery. This year’s theme of Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable! focuses on the importance of peer support in recovery and encourages individuals and their support systems to confront the stigma and advocate for change in their communities by starting conversations about the prevention, treatment, and recovery of behavioral health conditions.

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Tags: recovery

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

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

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

Improving Treatment Outcomes For People with Dual Disorders by Courtney Emery

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Fri, Aug 08, 2014 @ 10:33 AM

In 2013, Trilogy was awarded a Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) Substance Abuse and Intervention Services grant to enhance services for individuals living with substance use disorders. This funding provided Trilogy with the opportunity to implement an Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (IDDT) Program that could be integrated into Trilogy’s other treatment programs and provide the people we work with, who live with dually diagnosed mental illness and substance use disorders, access to an evidence based practice with proven treatment outcomes. We hired Courtney Emery, Trilogy’s IDDT Program Coordinator, in September of 2013 and began accepting clients into the program in November of 2013.

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Tags: recovery, treatment, IDDT, substance abuse, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Trilogy’s Summer of Wellness

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 @ 03:11 PM

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!

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Tags: recovery, mental illness, mental health, integrated healthcare, collaboration, partnerships, Chicago House

My Recovery Goals Are Achievable By Nelson S.

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 @ 10:50 AM

For much of my life I did not feel like I was headed in a good direction and it was largely due to not getting medication or treatment for my mental illness. In 2004, I tried getting my life on track by taking classes in automotives at several community colleges across Chicago. I was able to pick up a few college credits here and there, but each time I got involved with school I became symptomatic, I would stop taking classes, and things would get worse. Eventually, I wound up in the hands of law enforcement and was court ordered into the forensic ward of a State of Illinois mental health center. I received treatment there for several years until January of 2013.

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Tags: recovery, mental illness, mental health, recovery story, Chicago, serious mental illness