020624KP5693rCHICAGO – State Senator Mike Simmons announced Trilogy Inc. has been selected to participate in a federal program designed to expand and improve access to coordinated mental health care and substance use treatment.

“Mental health care is a basic human right. Everyone should be able to access necessary treatment regardless of their level of health insurance, where they live, their race, gender, sexual orientation, primary language or any other factor,” said Simmons (D-Chicago). “The accessibility and availability of mental health support is paramount to our society, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to see this program expand access to mental and behavioral health care right here in the 7th District.”

Illinois has been selected as one of 10 states to participate in the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Medicaid Demonstration Program designed to expand and improve access to coordinated mental health care and substance use services. The program provides reimbursement through Medicaid for the full cost of services that CCBHCs provide, and at higher rates than what they previously received for Medicaid customers. This program is estimated to bring an additional $150 million into Illinois’ behavioral health system.

CCBHCs provide access to a range of services and care coordination through evidence-based practices and other supports based on a community needs assessment. This includes crisis services that are available 24/7. CCBHCs are also required to provide routine outpatient care within 10 business days.

Trilogy Inc. in Chicago was one of 19 mental health and substance use treatment providers across the state selected to participate in the demonstration program. Simmons, who is the vice chair of the Senate Behavioral and Mental Health Committee, has been a champion for mental health services since he joined the Illinois Senate in 2021. Earlier this year, he held a Senate subject matter hearing, bringing together mental health experts, those directly impacted by the mental health crisis, community leaders and advocates to explore actionable legislative and budgetary solutions.

“This program will help address critical gaps in our current health systems through additional funding, which will allow our communities to overcome behavioral health issues and remain emotionally well,” said Simmons. “It’s imperative we prioritize mental health and make behavioral health treatment more accessible for everyone.”

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available by calling or texting 988, or via chat at 988lifeline.org. To learn how to get support for mental health or substance use issues, visit FindSupport.gov. Locate treatment providers by visiting FindTreatment.gov or calling 800-662-4357.