Trilogy Blog

Dr. Matthew Brown Joins Trilogy as Chief Medical Officer

Posted by Adolfo Luna on Wed, Jan 10, 2018 @ 11:58 AM

Chicago, IL - Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Matthew Brown as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Brown brings more than 10 years of experience to Trilogy, as a physician, psychiatrist and thought leader in the area of mental health technology. He is double board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, holds an MBA in healthcare leadership, and prides giving back to the community via public education and his work with nonprofit organizations.


In his private practice, Dr. Brown takes a whole-person approach to mental wellbeing placing an emphasis on lifestyle, supplements and technology to promote true healing and minimize the use of pharmaceuticals. The philosophy complements Trilogy's own belief that individuals are capable of making decisions in their own best interests when provided with accurate knowledge, a variety of recovery options and support. Furthermore, Dr. Brown's previous experience with clients in early childhood through adulthood positions him as a great resource among Trilogy's leadership and in the development of Impact, the organization's newest program, serving youth and adolescents throughout Chicago.

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Tags: Trilogy Staff, New to Trilogy, Leadership at Trilogy, Impact Youth and Family Services, Youth and Family Services

Trilogy Names Interim Medical Director

Posted by Dee Atkins on Wed, Nov 01, 2017 @ 03:14 PM

Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare is pleased to announce Dr. Alice Geis as Interim Medical Director. For more than 8 years now, Dr. Geis has served as Director of Integrated Health for our organization and will continue her current administrative and clinical practice providing leadership to the integrated health clinic, wellness programming, and the nursing professionals based in the clinic.

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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

A Passionate Professional, Making A Positive Impact

Posted by Adolfo Luna on Tue, Apr 11, 2017 @ 09:13 AM

Thomas Southerland obtained his B.A. in Business Marketing and Psychology, but after a brief stint of working in the marketing field, knew he would go on to pursue career options where he could apply his studies of the mind and behavior. He also considered options in counseling and academia, while working two and a half years as a social worker at a nursing home in Hickory, North Carolina. This would cement his plans to pursue social work. Thomas went on to obtain his MSW from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and moved to Chicago shortly thereafter.

Not long after his move, Southerland started at Trilogy as a Transitional Coordinator, assisting individuals with mental illness in moving out of nursing institutions and transitioning into community settings where they could lead more independent lives. In his time at Trilogy, he has worked in different programs and progressing roles, all of which gave him a broad understanding of management and healthcare for individuals in mental health recovery.  Now, as Clinical Director of the South Shore and Lawndale locations, Southerland applies this encompassing understanding of care to oversee direct client services.

Not surprisingly, the provision of such varied services in uniquely different neighborhoods requires him to wear different hats. Southerland believes that this flexibility is intrinsic to many social workers. He says that the field of social work attracts individuals who are willing to help those facing very difficult times in their lives, and those difficult times are as varied as they are unpredictable. To him, social work means staying flexible, being creative, and adapting quickly to the fluctuations life throws our clients.

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Tags: Trilogy Staff, National Social Work Month

Trilogy’s Employment Program Top State Performer

Posted by Adolfo Luna on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 @ 12:02 PM

Since 2012, Trilogy’s Supported Employment Program has exhibited passion and dedication to helping individuals with mental illness maximize their independence and quality of life. This excellence was recognized in 2013 when the program received the highest baseline fidelity score in the history of the state of Illinois, and again in 2015 when it was honored with the Transformation Award from the Johnson and Johnson – Dartmouth IPS Learning Collaborative. This year, Trilogy continues its exemplary work, earning a top fidelity score in Illinois for its provision of employment services.

At Trilogy, there are four employment teams serving the Edgewater, Rogers Park, South Shore, Lawndale, and several other neighborhoods in Chicago. This March, the Edgewater team, founded in 2014 through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), was up for a review of its performance.

This review was conducted by the Illinois Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health, which evaluates all supported employment programs in the state of Illinois using a fidelity scale developed at Dartmouth University in 1995 and is still used as a tool to measure the level of implementation of the evidence-based practice. The review requires at least 1.5 days in which the staff, organization, and its services are carefully and objectively rated. The fidelity score produced at the end is an indicator of how closely the services being provided adhere to the model of Individual Placement and Support (IPS), the most progressive, evidence-based model offered to individuals with mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

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Tags: employment services, Trilogy Staff, Awards, National Social Work Month

Trilogy Staff Member Visits Pakistan

Posted by Adolfo Luna on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 @ 09:07 AM

Earlier this year, Sarah Fletcher, Director of Intensive Outreach Services at Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, embarked on a month-long assignment in Karachi, Pakistan. Fletcher traveled more than 7,500 miles to launch a training course for mental health professionals. Most of the participants in the course were staff at The Recovery House (TRH), an organization that has been treating and caring for adults living with mental illness since 2010.

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Rich Adelman Joins Trilogy as Chief Financial Officer

Posted by Adolfo Luna on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 @ 01:57 PM

Chicago, IL - Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare is pleased to announce the appointment of Rich Adelman as Chief Financial Officer. Rich brings more than 30 years of experience in financial management, with an emphasis on business improvement. He has held leadership roles with middle-market companies across multiple sectors, including non-profit agencies.

Prior to joining Trilogy, Rich was the Vice President of Finance for Thresholds, and brings extensive experience in contract administration, process design and administrative best practices.

John Mayes, President and CEO of Trilogy said, "Rich is a welcome addition to the Trilogy Tribe and we expect great things from him. His skill set and experience are just what we need to enhance our foundation during this sustained period of rapid growth."

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Dee Atkins Joins Trilogy as Chief Communications & Development Officer

Posted by Adolfo Luna on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 @ 04:02 PM

Chicago, IL - Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare is pleased to announce the hire of Dee Atkins as the new Chief Communications & Development Officer. Ms. Atkins brings to the organization more than 15 years of experience as a nonprofit administrator in fundraising, corporate social responsibility, volunteer management, and community outreach. She will lead efforts to expand relationships with key stakeholders, including board members, donors, and care providers.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dee to our ‘Trilogy Tribe’ and executive team. She brings a skill set that is just the complement we have been hoping for,” said John Mayes, President and CEO of Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare.

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