Transforming Lives Awards honorees announced


GREENVILLE, Pitt County - Trillium Health Resources held its Transforming Lives Awards program on Thursday.

Below is a full press release along with winners and links to their websites.


The Transforming Lives Awards, a program that highlights local achievements in mental health, substance use disorder and intellectual/developmental disability service delivery and advocacy, were held Thursday, August 24 at the Hilton in Greenville.

Trillium Health Resources hosts the Transforming Lives Awards as a means to recognize providers and community groups in eastern North Carolina serving individuals with behavioral health needs. Nominations were received from throughout Trillium's 25 county service area and highlighted programs, professionals and individuals in the community that are making an impact .

"At Trillium, our provider organizations are our true partners," said Leza Wainwright, CEO of Trillium. "By working with such a valuable team, Trillium is able to accomplish our mission of transforming the lives of people in need by providing them with ready access to quality care."

Eleven recipients garnered awards in thirteen categories at Thursday's event:

Triple "A" Award (Awareness, Advocacy and Assistance)

Katie Holler from Autism Society of North Carolina

Excellence in Implementing Best Practice

Pride in North Carolina for the Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) model

Partnering in Action

Easterseals UCP for the EMPOWER Elizabeth City program

Member Directed Supports

Easterseals UCP for the EMPOWER Ahoskie program

Exceeding Expectations

Autism Society of North Carolina

Direct Support Professional of the Year

Selena Jackson from Alberta Professional Services

Prestigious Community Affiliate

Ainsley's Angels

Impact Award

Integrated Family Services

Care Integration

Community Care of the Lower Cape Fear

New Award: Trillium Innovation Award

Mark Mathis and RY-CON Service Dogs

Excellence in Advocacy by a County or State Elected Official

NC House of Representatives, Dr. Greg Murphy

Peer Support Specialist of the Year

Mike Page, Physicians Alliance Mental Health

Continuous Quality Improvement Award

Integrated Family Services


Trillium Health Resources is a leading specialty care manager (LME/MCO) for individuals with substance use, mental illness and intellectual/developmental disabilities in 25 counties in eastern North Carolina. Trillium's mission is to transform the lives of people in need by providing them with ready access to quality care. We take a person-centered approach to health and wellbeing, coordinating care across multiple systems to achieve improved health outcomes, quality of care and efficient use of resources. Trillium is investing in innovation to meet the unique needs of the individuals and communities we serve, and remains focused on delivering the right services, in the right amount, at the right time. For more information, visit

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