Brunswick County Commissioner Pat Sykes appointed chairwoman of Trillium Southern Regional Advisory Board

08.18.2020

Brunswick County Commissioner Pat Sykes appointed chairwoman of Trillium Southern Regional Advisory Board

Commissioner Pat Sykes

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BOLIVIA, N.C. – Honored and ready to make a lasting impact—that’s how Brunswick County Commissioner Pat Sykes said she feels as she prepares to lead the region’s key mental health and substance abuse advisory board.

Commissioner Sykes will begin a one-year term as chairwoman of the Trillium Health Resources Southern Regional Advisory Board in September. Trillium Health Resources is a local governmental agency (LME/MCO) that manages mental health, substance use and intellectual and developmental disability services in Brunswick County and other eastern North Carolina counties.

“It’s a privilege for me to be appointed to this position and I am looking forward to a year of hard work and planning to support Trillium’s initiatives,” Commissioner Sykes said. “Ensuring we have programming and services dedicated to mental health and substance abuse is a key focus area for the Board of Commissioners. I’m proud to play a part in achieving that goal.”

Trillium Health Resources has a two-tiered governance structure to keep its administration close to the communities it serves. The first governance level is made up of three regional advisory boards. These advisory boards elect representatives to make up the Trillium Governing Boardthe organization’s top level of governance.

Commissioner Sykes was appointed to the Southern Regional Advisory Board as a member in 2017 and most recently served as its vice chairwoman for the 2019-2020 session.

Substance misuse and access to health care are also two priority areas identified in the County’s 2019 Community Health Assessment. Services like Trillium are an opportunity to provide accessible services to residents coping with these challenges regardless of their social status or ability to pay. Some services also allow individuals to remain anonymous.

“It’s important for our residents to know that not only do we have a collaborative initiative of regional partners and leaders working together and planning for the future about these health topics, but also that services are already out there ready to help them now,” Commissioner Sykes said.

If you or someone you know needs help with substance use, mental illness or intellectual/developmental disabilities, Trillium Health Resources can help. Access free care 24/7 via phone at 1-877-685-2415 (English and Spanish/Español) or visit Trillium’s website:

More resources from Trillium are also available via the links below:

In addition to this role, Commissioner Sykes also serves on the following boards and committees: Brunswick County Health and Human Services Advisory Board; Grand Strand Transportation Advisory Committee (MPO); North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Health and Human Services committee; National Association of Counties Immigration Reform Task Force and Veterans and Military Services Committee.

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