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 Broke Ground in Nacogdoches for a new Mental Health Clinic

In January, Burke broke ground on four acres along North University Drive for a new mental health facility in Nacogdoches. Goodwin, Lasiter, and Strong of Lufkin, TX designed the building, and Cox Contractors of Nacogdoches started the construction process at the beginning of the year. Project completion of the $4.5 million, 32,000 square foot building is expected in January of 2019. The current building is located on North Stallings Drive, where Burke moved to in 2008 after vacating smaller offices in downtown Nacogdoches. This facility is part of a regional system where Burke…— Read more

Cook Off to Raise Funds for Burke Bobcats

Burke presents the 6th Annual BBQ Cook Competition benefitting the Burke Bobcats, a Special Olympics team. Join the Burke Bobcats for some delicious barbecue on Saturday, October 21 from 11 am to 3 pm at the Angelina County Farmers Market. Some of the best BBQ in Angelina County is served by the cooks; including chicken, pork spareribs, pork butt and brisket. Special Olympics athletes will serve as judges for the event. Special Olympics athletes, their families, and the general public are invited. Taste test armbands are available for $5.00. According to Jake Squiers, Burke…— Read more