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  • Fine Arts for Finer Lives art show to showcase local artwork, benefit Trinity Services

    Jun 15, 2017

    ROMEOVILLE, IL — An art show set for this summer in Romeoville will provide local artists an opportunity to showcase their work and raise funds for Trinity Services.

    Fine Arts for Finer Lives is set to open with a ceremony from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery inside the Oremus Fine Arts Center of Lewis University, located at 1 University Parkway in Romeoville.

    The show will run until Friday, Aug. 11, and will feature the work of approximately one dozen local artists, including that of Brittany Bishop, who organized the art show.

    Bishop is finishing her master’s degree in counseling, with a focus on art therapy, at Lewis and came up with the idea to blend her love for art with her support of Trinity’s mission. When she was an undergraduate at Lewis, she interned at Trinity Services’ Oak Center for Behavioral Health in Lockport and was impressed by Trinity’s focus on helping the clients there achieve greater independence, she said.

    "My ultimate goal is to make art, write and save the world, and this was just one idea that I had that could work toward that lofty goal,” Bishop said. “I believe in the power of art. It beautifies. It protests. It invokes strong emotions, and making it can be so healing.”

    The art featured at Fine Arts for Finer Lives will be an eclectic mix of jewelry, paintings, mixed media, cloth dolls, pottery and photography.

    All art can be purchased, and prices range from $5-$400, approximately. All purchased pieces will be available for pickup after Aug. 11.

    “I thought that by creating an art show that gives back to the community and helps unknown artists get their name in the world, this would make a difference,” Bishop said. “Even if it is just a small step, I would love to see this art show becoming an annual event.”

    All are welcome to attend Fine Arts for Finer Lives’ opening ceremony and to stop by the gallery during its business hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

    For more information about the event, visit Facebook.com/FineArtsForFinerLives.

    Trinity Services, Inc. is a 67-year-old, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives. Trinity serves more than 3,500 people in 31 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson, Madison and St. Clair counties, and Reno, Nevada. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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  • Illinois must address urgent need to support those with disabilities in extended session

    Jun 01, 2017
    The They Deserve More Coalition, of which Trinity Services is a part, released the following statement May 31 in response to the regular legislative session ending without the House taking action on Senate Bill 955 — a bill that would raise the wages of direct support professionals to at least $15 an hour.
    They Deserve More - Coalition Statement 5-31-17
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Some Solutions to the Crisis in Services for People with Disabilities

by Art Dykstra | May 10, 2017

In last week's blog entry, I painted a bleak though accurate picture of what human service organizations are facing as they try to serve people with disabilities in Illinois. Fortunately, we do not have to remain mired in these depressing facts. Many of those who face these difficult conditions have offered a variety of excellent recommendations to help ease this service crisis. One initiative already made by the Illinois Crisis Prevention Network involves 17 recommendations presented to the Department of Human Services and the Developmental Disabilities Division in this state. They are as follows:

  • Community providers are experiencing increased difficulty in recruiting direct support staff, primarily because of the low entry wage level. This clearly impacts the ability to serve those with behavioral and medical challenges.
  • A number of problematic living situations leading to crisis service referrals are the result of incompatible housemates living together. A survey across providers and service coordination agencies should be conducted to determine the scope and extent of this situation.
  • The Illinois service and support system should consider partnerships with hospital or treatment centers to offer short-term inpatient stabilization for people experiencing a psychiatric crisis or in need of significant medication adjustments.
  • An integrated information tracking system should be fully implemented across the service coordination system that would allow for a better understanding of available resources and needed services statewide. This system would be used to match a person with complex behavioral or medical needs with a provider that has the necessary experience, supports and services.
  • The Illinois service and support system should include specialized homes for people with high intensity or high frequency behavioral challenges, especially for those whose behavior decreases the quality of life for their housemates.
  • People living in community residential settings with medical needs, especially under the CILA program, would benefit from the presence of additional registered nurses.
  • Specialized CILA homes for people with complex medical issues would allow people to remain in the community and decrease admission to nursing facilities.
  • With additional funding, service coordination agencies should employ a senior staff member with knowledge and expertise in behavioral programming. This person could serve as an internal resource to other staff.
  • A number of people with challenging behavior have been discharged from SODCs to community providers who lack the capacity or experience to serve them. Greater attention must be paid to the matching-choice process to ensure successful residential placement.
  • Many young adults have aged out of the DCFS system and entered the adult DHS-DDD system. Because of their behavioral issues and impaired judgement, a number of these people would have benefited from an appropriate level of appointed guardianship. The DCFS/DHS-DDD transition process should address this issue in a timely manner.
  • Legislation should be introduced to create a fund within DHS-DDD to reimburse providers for the cost of extensive property damage and destruction caused by people with challenging behaviors. Current statistics indicate that 46% of the people referred to ICPN engaged in such behavior.
  • There is much unevenness across the system with respect to the appropriate use of emergency departments and community hospitals. This issue also extends to short-term psychiatric hospitalizations. Efforts to address this situation could begin with a meeting of relevant stakeholders.
  • People who are dually diagnosed often benefit from structured psychosocial rehabilitation programs and individual therapy. Mental health providers should be encouraged to develop specialized day services for people with a dual diagnosis that would be available to people across provider agencies.
  • Hospitals often serve as the point of discharge for people who have significant behavioral and medical issues. Due to current rules and regulations, the person and provider cannot participate in residential visits, resulting in placements that may not meet the specific needs of the person. Rules and regulations should be modified to allow for more residential planning.
  • Major advances in the development and use of assistive technology have improved the lives of people with a wide range of developmental and intellectual disabilities. Funding based on financial need, specifically for assistive technology, should be sought for people and families.
  • Direct care staff are the greatest resource for a person, family and community provider. Ongoing training for direct care staff, in addition to their pre-service training, is essential to their professional development and growth, and reduces the likelihood of turnover while improving the quality of services provided. This additional training should be adequately reimbursed.

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  • 28th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction

    Please join us for a night of fellowship, fine dining, dancing, and silent and live auctions at our 28th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction, Saturday, Sept. 16, at Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. 
    This year's theme is "Havana Nights."
    The evening starts with cocktails at 5 p.m.

    Sponsorship Opportunities:
    Platinum - $5,000
    Full-page color ad in the program book
    Business logo posted on Trinity Services' website
    10 complimentary tickets
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    Full-page color ad in the program book
    Business name on the Trinity Services website
    Six complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

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    Full-page BW ad in the program book
    Business name on the Trinity Services website
    Four complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Bronze - $1,000
    Half-page BW ad in the program book
    Business name on the Trinity Services website
    Two complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Ad Information:
    Full-page color $500 7.5” W x 9.75” H
    Full-page BW $300 7.5” W x 9.75” H
    1/2-page BW $200 7.5” W x 4.875” H
    1/4-page BW $100 3.75” W x 4.875” H
    1/8-page business card/celebration BW $50 3.75”W x 2.4375” H

    We hope that you will help us make this event a success by contributing a new, unused item for the silent or live auction. All items donated are 100% tax deductible.
    Some popular auction items from past years have included: tickets to sporting events, autographed sports paraphernalia, vacation packages (or airline miles), tools, theater tickets, gift cards, spa treatments, jewelry, wine, kids’ fun baskets, pet baskets, and electronics (iPad, Kindle, wireless sound systems, smart TV, etc.)
    Please drop off or mail your item(s) by Friday, Aug. 25, to 301 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox, IL 60451.
    If you need Trinity staff to pick up your donation, please call 815-717-3750.

    Please check back for ticket information as it becomes available, or call (815) 717-3750.
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