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CoastalCare of Wilmington and East Carolina Behavioral Health (ECBH) of Greenville consolidated operations to become Trillium Health Resources – continuing a commitment to effectively manage North Carolina and Medicaid funding for mental health, substance use and intellectual and developmental disability services, the group announced on Wednesday.

In line with N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory’s initiative, “Partnership for a Healthy North Carolina,” and N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) expectations, Trillium’s creation is the result of a plan proposed by nine Managed Care Organizations across North Carolina in 2013, according to spokeswoman Kate Murphy.

The goal was to create a stronger public entity to manage state and Medicaid funding, which now covers 24 counties with a combined population of 1.2 million and 165,000 Medicaid eligible citizens.

“After nine months of planning, we’re thrilled to officially be operating as Trillium Health Resources,” said Chief Executive Officer Leza Wainwright. “This consolidation allows us to keep our focus on what is most important: the delivery of high quality services, collaboration with our providers, and the health, safety, and welfare of people we serve.”

Trillium will continue to focus on the needs of recipients, and increasing access, quality of care, and continuity of services in eastern North Carolina counties, including Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Martin, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell and Washington.

Trillium will operate under a regional model with three offices: a Northern Regional Office in Ahoskie, a Central Regional Office in Greenville, and a Southern Regional Office in Wilmington. Satellite offices throughout eastern North Carolina will ensure that Trillium is widely accessible and deeply integrated in local communities, Murphy said.

The local presence will be heightened through three regional advisory boards and three regional consumer and family advisory committees. This new structure will allow for accountability of services, a continued local service model and impact, and local advocacy for individuals and family members, Murphy said.

Trillium Health Resources is a Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organization (LME/MCO) responsible for publicly funded mental health, substance use, and intellectual/ developmental disability services and supports for people living in eastern North Carolina.