Trillium Health Resources will launch six mobile integrated care units | hyde
GREENVILLE – Trillium Health Resources (TRH) will soon launch six new mobile integrated care units, for a total of seven that will be in operation.
With funding provided by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) through the Federal Drug Treatment Block Grant, Trillium partners with PORT Health, Monarch, Coastal Horizons and RHA to serve people living in 16 counties.
A first unit was launched earlier this year with PORT, serving Chowan, Perquimans and Pasquotank counties. Additional counties served will include Hyde, Tyrrell and Washington.
Trillium saw the pandemic as a reminder of the health care disparities experienced by people of color, rural residents and people with Medicaid coverage in the 27 counties it serves. In response, the organization launched the One Community initiative to address the stress, anxiety, depression and general mental health issues caused by the pandemic.
In the United States, an influx of mental health crises has been seen amid the anxiety and grief of the pandemic. Unfortunately, emergency rooms have served as a primary resource for many people suffering from these crises, especially those who are uninsured, Medicaid-insured, or people of color.
“This pandemic has provided material evidence of the disparities experienced by people of color and rural residents in our health care system,” said Cindy Ehlers, executive vice president of Trillium. “If provider locations are not accessible or available, people often miss basic treatments or procedures for preventable conditions. Trillium is excited to work with these providers to meet our communities where they live to facilitate access and improve their well-being.
Each provider will cover the following areas:
• RHA: one unit for Beaufort, Hyde, Tyrrell and Washington counties
• Monarch: Halifax, Gates, Northampton and Nash counties
• PORT: One unit for Dare and Carteret counties; the second unit will provide disaster relief to work with hurricane shelter response efforts, etc.
• Coastal Horizons: One unit for Columbus and Brunswick Counties, second unit for Bladen County (joining Trillium Catchment Area in February 2022)
While unit-specific services may vary based on vendor or local demands, they are meant to offer the following:
• Mental health screenings
• General health checks
• Vaccinations (such as flu or pneumonia)
• Treatment of substance use disorders
• Medication management via telemedicine
In the future, Trillium hopes that mobile clinics will be able to provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to people with opioid addiction.
Trillium is proud to continue to provide innovative accessibility solutions, like mobile clinics, as a provider of tailored plans within North Carolina’s Medicaid managed care system. Stay tuned for updates on these six clinics launching in early 2022 in a county near you. And to learn more about mobile clinics or get help anytime, visit https://www.trilliumhealthresources.org/ or call 1-877-685-2415.
Trillium Health Resources is a leading specialty care manager (LME/MCO) for people with addictions, mental illness, and intellectual/developmental disabilities in 27 counties in eastern North Carolina.
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