Trillium uses Medicaid savings to fund playground for disabled children
ALLIANCE — A new, accessible playground at Pamlico County’s popular Recreation Park will be built in the coming year, thanks to a large grant from Trillium Health Resources.
In a brief ceremony Monday morning — splashed with plenty of playground perfect sunshine — county officials, and a bunch of youngsters, accepted a check from Trillium in the amount of $275,000.
Garry Cooper, Director of the Pamlico County Parks and Recreation Department, played a crucial role in applying for Trillium’s ‘Play Together Construction Grant for Accessible Playgrounds.’ Unfortunately, Cooper is on the mend from recent surgery and could not attend the festivities.
Alliance is the site of a county-owned park with ball fields, and a modest playground. It is now one of 25 communities receiving playground grants from Trillium, a local government agency that manages mental health, substance use and intellectual/developmental disability services in a 24-country area in eastern N.C.
Funding for the Play Together grants is a result of savings from operating as a Medicaid 1915 (b)(c) Waiver Site.
“At the heart of our mission is making a difference in the lives of those we serve, and investing in our communities is a critical part of that mission,” said Amy Corbitt, project manager, Research and Development, Trillium. “Trillium is able to reinvest savings in innovative programs and services for the betterment of our communities.”
Reinvestment dollars were allocated to help communities across Trillium’s service area develop accessible playgrounds that allow people of all abilities to come together.
“We strive to provide services to the individuals in our communities and our communities at large that help create productive, meaningful lives,” continued Corbitt. “These playgrounds will bring our communities’ children andparents together without many of the difficulties they face in their lives every day.”
Additional grants have been or are being awarded over the next two weeks in the Town of Dover, New Hanover County, Town of Nags Head, Carteret County, Havelock, Onslow County, Wrightsville Beach, Brunswick County, Ayden, Swansboro, and Pender County. In September, during the agency’s first phase of Play Together Construction Grant for Accessible Playgrounds, grants were awarded in Ahoskie, Beaufort County, Greenville, Gates County, Williamston, Elizabeth City, Craven County, Currituck County, Bertie County, Camden County, and Tyrrell County.