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Trillium Health Resources manages care for those with serious mental health conditions, intellectual/developmental disabilities, substance use disorders, and traumatic brain injury throughout eastern North Carolina. Working collaboratively with community partners, Trillium connects Medicaid recipients, as well as those who are uninsured and underinsured, to critical services they deserve and require. Trillium is focused on transforming lives and building community well-being through partnership, service access, and proven solutions designed to help those we serve reach their fullest potential.

To support this mission, Trillium is organized into functional or teams. Teams incorporate experienced staff who are content experts and focused on the daily operations within their area.

Functional areas consist of Business Management, Care Management and Innovations Waiver, Network, Training, Communications, General Counsel and Compliance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Medical Affairs, Innovative Development and Member Solutions, Member Services.

Executive Team

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Leza Wainwright
Chief Executive
Officer
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Cindy Ehlers
Executive Vice President
Chief of Strategy and Innovation
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Joy Futrell
Executive Vice President Business Operations
and Chief Operating Officer
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Michael Smith
Chief Medical
Officer
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Mike Lewis
Vice President Technology and
Informatics, Chief Information Officer

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Richard Leissner
Chief Legal Counsel,

Chief Compliance Officer
 

Regional Operations

Trillium Health Resources is widely accessible and deeply integrated into our communities to help improve access, reduce administrative burdens on providers, and increase the quality of services. To do this, we have three Regional Offices, each with a Regional Operations Director dedicated to your area.

Each region has a Regional Advisory Board to ensure the local voice is heard on the Trillium Governing Board. The Governing Board collaboratively plans, budgets and monitors Trillium operations.  It is composed of an equal number of members from each Regional Advisory Board. This two-tiered governing structure allows for accountability of services within our communities, a local service model and local advocacy opportunities for individuals and family members.

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Bland Baker
Northern Regional Director
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Dave Peterson
Central Regional Director
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Dennis Williams
Southern Regional Director

Business Management

The primary purpose of the Business Management Team is the organization of the fiscal and budgetary operations of Trillium.  The team is responsible for sound financial planning and for ensuring compliance with all fiscal policies at the local, state and federal levels.  The Business Management Team comprises the following areas:  general budget, finance, and claims processing.

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Michelle Martin
Finance Director
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Sheryl Deal
Claims Director

Care Management and Innovations Waiver

Care Management is a person-centered, assessment-based interdisciplinary approach to integrating behavioral health services, I/DD services and supports, primary health care, and natural and community social support services. This function is completed in a cost-effective manner in which an individual’s needs and preferences are assessed, a comprehensive care plan is developed, and services are managed and monitored by a care coordinator (if assigned).

Through Medicaid Transformation, Care Management will work with providers including Advanced Medical Homes (AMH). Care Management at Trillium consists of regional teams staffed with clinicians and coordinators focused on child and adult behavioral, and members on the Innovations Waiver. In addition, a Registered Nurse (RN) assists all regions by reviewing care plans and potential services. Care coordinators include qualified professionals, licensed clinicians, coordinators, and peer support specialists.

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Benita Hathaway
Vice President
Care Management
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Juanita Appiah
Director of Care Management
I/DD, TBI, & Innovations Waiver
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Megan Roberson
IDD Clinical Director 
 

Network Management

Trillium’s provider network is managed and maintained through efforts of the Network Department. The Network Department is responsible for the development and maintenance of the provider network to ensure we meet the needs of members while ensuring choice and best practices in services. The Network Department oversees the following:

  • Network Development: determine needs and recruit new providers
  • Practice Management: focused on quality of care along with care access to ensure providers are meeting expectations
  • Contracts Management
  • Provider Relations Support: technical assistance and support through email and the Provider Support Service Line
  • Network Accountability:
    • Auditing: conducts several different types of reviews of providers to ensure the best possible service delivery and business practices are being carried out within our Network. These include initial site reviews, provider monitoring, UAFL reviews, monitoring of compliance with contract/business requirements, Complaint/Grievance Investigations, and provider concerns.
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Khristine Brewington
Vice President of
Network Management

Training

The Training Department coordinates training offered to both providers and the public, including CIT and MHFA. Training oversees My Learning Campus, the free, online learning platform that providers tip sheets and recorded trainings to the public.

Communications and Marketing

The Communications and Marketing department creates printed and digital resources to educate members and their family, providers, and the public. These brochures, websites and other materials help explain the services coordinated by Trillium, along with information about managed care organizations (MCO) and the Medicaid system in North Carolina. Communications helps promote Trillium to the broader communities we serve through corporate sponsorships and our social media accounts.

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Jennifer Mackethan
Communications and Marketing Director

General Counsel and Compliance

Staff on the General Counsel team respond to requests for the review of an Adverse Benefit Determination for Medicaid recipients, appeals, and reconsideration requests. Medicaid members have the right to appeal decisions made about service requests. State-funded services are not an entitlement, but in some circumstances, denials can be appealed by recipients.

Compliance confirms that departments within Trillium follow state and federal contracts, guidelines, and regulations. They initiate annual and ad-hoc audits to ensure adherence to all of Trillium’s policies and procedures and contractual obligations.

Program Integrity responds to complaint and grievance reports, provider concerns, and claims on fraud/waste/abuse.

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Kimberly Huneycutt
Internal Compliance and Medicaid Contract Manager
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Amanda Willett
Head of Program Integrity

Human Resources

The Human Resources team ensures Trillium is staffed with a highly competent workforce that supports its mission. Trillium retains qualified employees through a competitive salary and benefits package, training and development opportunities, and practices that treat employees with respect and equality.

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Tammy Perry
Human Resources Director

Information Technology

The Information Technology teams strengthen Trillium’s use of information, analytics, and technology for both staff and members served. IT staff from both the Business Informatics and IT Operations teams work collaboratively across departments to:

  • secure all data and ensure compliance with all IT standards;
  • innovate the application of new technologies to improve organization operations;
  • develop reports and applications based on business and clinical needs;
  • implement software to provide staff with the tools to improve care coordination and facilitate record sharing; 
  • maintain databases and information systems;
  • support hardware and equipment supplies for the organization; respond to provider requests for technical assistance with online portals and access;
  • oversee physical plant operations
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Patrick Hinnant
Technology Director
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Chris Penrod
Informatics Director

Medical Affairs

The Medical Affairs team includes Trillium’s medical officers who provide clinical oversight to all clinical components within Trillium. The medical officers ensures Trillium’s objective to have qualified clinicians accountable to the organization for decisions affecting members.

The medical officers assist in the following capacities:

  • Chairperson of the Quality Improvement Committee
  • Member of the Global Quality Improvement Committee
  • Consultation with Utilization Management and the Call Center on complex situations
  • Oversight of the Credentialing Program for Providers
  • Communication of clinical policy from NC DHHS

Staff in the Medical Affairs team helped launch the Child First initiatives, and maintain support for the agencies operating these programs.

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Dr. Kim Greer, PhD
Staff Psychologist
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Dr. Paul Garcia
Medical Director of Utilization Management

Utilization Management 

Utilization Management reviews, manages, and monitors the use of mental health, substance use, and intellectual/developmental disability services. UM also reviews utilization data to evaluate and ensure that services are being provided appropriately within established benchmarks and clinical guidelines and that services are consistent with the authorization and approved plan. Their goal is to ensure that members receive the right service, at the right time, at the right level, while creating the most effective and efficient treatment possible.

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Cham Trowell
Head of Utilization Management

Quality Management 

The Quality Management Program is a comprehensive, proactive program that provides the structure, process, resources, and expertise necessary to systematically define, evaluate, monitor and ensure that high-quality, cost-effective care and services are provided to members. Additionally, they ensure that compliance with national accreditation standards is met and ongoing throughout the term of the contractual agreement.

This program includes a continuous, objective, and systematic process that:

  • monitors and evaluates key indicators of care and services
  • identifies opportunities for improvement
  • develops and implements interventions that address the identified opportunities
  • re-assess to demonstrate the effectiveness of applied program interventions

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Fonda Gonzales
Director of Quality Management

Innovative Development and Member Solutions

Housing Services: Works with community representatives and agencies to help secure decent, safe, and affordable housing for members.

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Amy Modlin
Head of Housing

Head of Supports Intensity Scale: The Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) reflects a positive way of thinking to focus on the support needs for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) to be successful. The SIS results will provide useful information for development of Individual Support Plans (ISP) because it gathers a wealth of information about an individual’s support needs. 

Head of Specialty Care: Helps secure assistive devices, house modifications, and technology for individuals to live as independently as possible. 

Neighborhood Connections: Promotes healthy opportunities in our communities by focusing on employment, community inclusion, housing, transportation, education, food insecurity, and interpersonal safety/toxic stress.

Trillium maintains relationships with community-based organizations that offer resources for unmet health-related resource needs. Staff also engage with members and recipients in community settings top improve access to resources that address unmet health related resource needs and promote wellness and stability practices.

Trillium Connections is our secure care management system designed to manage, view, and report on critical care activities and plans associated with members. 

Head of Registry of Unmet Needs: Tracks individuals who have applied for the Innovations Waiver to help identify potential services that can assist while they await their slot. 

DSS Engagement and Strategy: Develops relationships with local Departments of Social Services (DSS) to determine specialized needs for each county and maintains open communication.

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Maegan Veillette
Unit Director
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Melissa Eastwood
Northern & Central Region Manager
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Cecelia Peers
Southern Regional Manager

Member Services

The Member Services team is staffed with experienced agents, qualified professionals, and licensed clinicians whose primary purpose is to give members/recipients and their families, providers, and other community stakeholders accurate and relative information in regards to Trillium, our network of providers, and the services that are available. The Member and Recipient Service Line is staffed to help answer questions about services available and connect members/recipients with providers.

Member Services staff also assist with collecting information on complaints and grievances from members/recipients, family, guardians or providers. Member Engagement staff explore innovative ways to reach individuals who may benefit from services but have not been introduced to Trillium.

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Christie Edwards
Vice President of Clinical Operations
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Ashley Rhea
Call Center and Member Services Director
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Paige Fuqua
Member Engagement Manager

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