CDC reports ‘suicide rising across the US’

Recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that incidences of suicide are rising across the U.S. Read more in their latest issue in Vital Signs – June 2018. The article discussed why we should be concerned with the latest suicide data, that suicide rates have increased in nearly every state from 1999 through 2016. Texas saw a 19.6% rate increase. Mental illness is often seen as the only cause of suicide. However, it is only one factor. Many factors contribute to suicide among those with and without mental health conditions: relationship problem…— Read more

Burke could be valuable resource for East Texas districts’ school safety plans

By Donna McCollum, Journalist, see the original KTRE story here. Lufkin, TX (KTRE) Students' mental and behavioral health needs are listed as a top priority in Gov. Greg Abbott's school and firearm safety action plan. East Texas News learned that mental health professionals could be an excellent resource for both services and guidance to school districts. Dr. James Smith, Burke’s chief clinical officer, praised Abbott's call for more behavioral threat assessments within schools. But he prefaces that with..."A person with mental health issues is no more likely to commit an act of violence…— Read more

STEP Toward Recovery: Burke Hosting Outreach Presentation

By Nicole Bradford, Reporter, see the original story here. Nacogdoches, TX (Daily Sentinel) A year ago, LeeAnn Dwire might have seemed like a garden variety troubled teen. Depressed and anxious, the teen often isolated herself. Worse, she began having hallucinations — hearing voices that were not there. “I was in a bad place,” said Dwire, now 18 and holding down a job while preparing for the SAT. “My mom got scared for me and started trying to get me into the Burke system.” The teen was admitted into Burke’s STEP, or Specialized Treatment…— Read more

Closing the Gap in East Texas: Improving Mental Health Care for Disadvantaged, Rural Populations

Recently, Burke therapist, Stephanie Knott was interviewed by Diolog: The Texas Episcopalian magazine. Read below to learn more about Burke's partnership with the Episcopal Health Foundation and the Seminary of the Southwest to improve access to mental health services in East Texas counties. Seven patients. Two clinics. One elementary school. That's the typical day for therapist Stephanie Knott. She works for Burke, a mental health agency serving low-income adults and children across 12 East Texas counties surrounding Nacogdoches and Lufkin. Every patient Knott visits was previously one of the hundreds of people in…— Read more

Burke’s 2018 Provider Network Development Plan Available for Public Comment

Burke’s 2018 Provider Network Development Plan is available for public comment through April 27, 2018.  The Plan applies only to services funded by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and is targeted to provider organizations interested in providing full levels of care in our service areas. Please forward your comments to: Donna Moore Director of Quality Management Phone: 936-558-6232 Fax: 936-558-6203— Read more