B&GH, Trillium partner to establish Level II Residential Therapeutic Program

February 17, 2021

Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina President/CEO Ricky Creech has announced a contract to establish a Level II Residential Therapeutic Program on the Lake Waccamaw campus in partnership with Trillium Health Resources.

“Boys and Girls Homes is the only residential facility that was chosen to provide services to Level II children and youth,” said Creech. “In the days ahead, we will be working to obtain a new license from the state of North Carolina to certify two of our cottages as Level II Facilities, train staff on the Waccamaw Way Treatment Model, and forge ahead in establishing this newfound relationship opportunity with Trillium.”

Facility levels are part of a classification system used by the North Carolina Division of Social Services and are used to identify which service delivery would be most effective for a child’s overall mental, physical and emotional well-being.

Children identified as needing Level II facility care require specific mental health and clinical support services. This includes daily consultative and direct services from medical professionals, licensed clinicians, psychiatrists and qualified mental health professionals.

“This is typically a service that is offered to any child who meets admission criteria regardless of DSS involvement,” said Chief Clinical Officer Courtney James. “However, this partnership with Trillium will allow Boys and Girls Homes to fill each open bed within the Trillium catchment area who meet clinical criteria and who are in the custody of DSS.”

Creech is grateful for the benefits this partnership will bring.

“Trillium Health Resources has partnered with Boys and Girls Homes to build and strengthen foundations of well-being, provide individuals with the treatment model to weather life’s storms and help deepen connections between our services and the communities that we serve,” Creech said. “Together with our new partner, we are investing in the future of public behavioral health for the benefit of those whom we serve and the regions in which they reside.”

While the program will be a residential one, the ultimate goal is family reunification or a foster care home.

“Trillium looks forward to working with Boys and Girls Homes to increase stability for youth in the foster care system,” said Trillium Health Resources Unit Director for Network Development Adrienne Beatty. “Keeping youth close to their natural supports helps increase permanency and promote reunification when possible.”

Creech adds, “Through this partnership our number one focus is to help every child and youth we serve to get the services they need to improve their well-being and live a fulfilling and healthy life that is full of hope.”

About Trillium Health Resources

Trillium Health Resources is a local government agency (LME/MCO) that manages mental health, substance use, and intellectual/developmental disability services in eastern North Carolina. Trillium covers the following counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquims, Pitt, Tyrell, and Washington. To learn more, visit https://www.trilliumhealthresources.org/.

About Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina

Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc., has been helping children since 1954. Since then, more than 7,500 children have benefitted from the services of the not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. B&GH offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, free children’s therapy, as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw. The campus features a SACS-accredited school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life. As many as 320 children are cared for through the residential, community-based services, and school program provided by B&GH at any given time. B&GH operates its program, services and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. B&GH is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.