Under Mayes’ leadership over more than 12 years, Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare has become one of Chicago’s largest and most respected behavioral health organizations. When he joined Trilogy in 2006, it was a relatively small organization with approximately 300 clients and 65 employees, serving mostly the Northeast side of the city. Today, Trilogy serves a much broader, more diverse client base, as well as critically underserved populations, with 2,500 clients per year, 350 staff, and an annual budget of more than $24 million.
A pioneer in behavioral health in Chicago for more than 30 years, Mayes began his career at Thresholds where he led expansion of supported housing and intensive outreach to Chicago’s South and West Sides. He has long championed the idea that people with serious mental illness can -- and do -- recover.
“Reflecting on my years in behavioral health, it is quite apparent how rewarding and enriching an experience it has been. Rarely does a day go by when I don’t count my blessings for being given the opportunity to serve. And for that I want to publicly thank the Trilogy Board of Directors for giving me the opportunity to lead this wonderful organization during this important time in history,” Mayes remarked.
Mayes’ legacy at Trilogy includes bringing a shift in the culture and programmatic scope of the organization, allowing Trilogy to expand exponentially. His many accomplishments include expanding access to care to better serve Chicago’s high-need communities by opening sites in South Shore, Lawndale, Edgewater, Logan Square, Albany Park and West Ridge; establishing employment programs to help people with disabilities find work; and leading Trilogy’s program to assist more than 500 individuals in moving out of nursing homes into independent living. During his tenure, Trilogy was awarded a 2008 SAMSHA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) grant for integrated health and has become a national leader in providing unified behavioral and primary healthcare.
Trilogy’s Board of Directors extends its appreciation to Mayes for his long service and outstanding contributions to the organization. “John transformed Trilogy through a philosophy of recovery that helps clients not just cope with their illness but also recover, reach their potential, and form meaningful relationships,” said Stephen Fatum, Chair of Trilogy’s Board of Directors. “Under John’s direction, Trilogy has become a national leader offering innovative programs based on evidence-based medicine for integrated care, housing, employment and much more. John has tremendous heart and cares deeply about the people Trilogy exists to serve.”
According to Gwenn Rausch, CEO of Heartland Health Centers “John has been a stellar partner in our efforts to provide Integrated Care to persons with serious mental illness. His compassion, integrity, and unending desire to do what is right for the individuals we serve is both motivating and inspiring. He has been a role model of what a partner should bring to the table when two organizations endeavor to truly collaborate. It has been an honor to work with John over the past eight years.”
Trilogy has engaged Kittleman & Associates to conduct a search for its new President and CEO. Kittleman & Associates is a national executive search firm that specializes in the recruitment of CEOs for tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, public charities and philanthropic organizations. For more information, visit www.kittlemansearch.com.
Founded in 1971 to address a scarcity of mental health resources on Chicago's Northside, Trilogy began as a neighborhood organization providing vocational rehabilitation to individuals discharged from state-operated facilities and placed in nursing homes. Today, the organization works with thousands from the throughout the metropolitan area towards long-term recovery from mental illness and mental illness with co-occurring substance use disorders to maximize individuals’ independence, self-sufficiency, and quality of life. To learn more about Trilogy’s work, please go to www.trilogyinc.org.
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