Texas Offers Services for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Texas Health and Human Services is urging people to be aware of the benefits and services available to Texans who suffered loss following Hurricane Harvey. “I’ve seen firsthand the devastation, and we’ve been moving quickly to line up an array of benefits and services to help people in need,” said HHS Executive Commissioner Charles Smith. “We’ve been working closely with our federal partners and our folks on the ground to get food benefits rolling and do what we can to help simplify life for people affected.” Texas HHS has mobilized various agency programs…— Read more

Burke COO, Jake Squiers Named to Special Olympics Texas Board

The Special Olympics Texas board of directors recently named Jake Squiers, chief operating officer of Burke, as a new member. Squiers just finished a two-year term on the nonprofit organization’s President’s Advisory Council and will now serve a two-year term in an at-large position on the board. “Jake has a tremendous eye for detail and was a standout member of the President’s Advisory Council,” said Chad Tywater, SOTX board chairman. “Jake will be a great addition to our board for years to come.” Squiers said he feels “honored and excited.” “I’m very passionate…— Read more

More Options Open to Addicts Seeking Help

Published in the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel on August 8, 2016 By Sherry Daniel, Contributing Writer Thousands of suffering addicts in Deep East Texas now have more options to request help with substance abuse disorders. ADAC, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas, is working in conjunction with Burke, “to assess, support and arrange treatment for recovery from drug and alcohol problems,” according to ADAC counselor Brooke Phillips. While heroin sends more users to local emergency rooms, police say methamphetamine holds the top spot as the most abused chemical in the area.…— Read more
Nacogdoches Veteran Finds “friendly foxhole” in Peer Network

Nacogdoches Veteran Finds “friendly foxhole” in Peer Network

Published in the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel on May 30, 2016 News Editor’s note: The following feature is the last in a series highlighting May as mental health month. By Kinnie Reina, Burke Two years ago, retired United States Army major, Jeffrey Smith found relief in the Lufkin-based Military Veteran’s Peer Network. Smith retired from the Army in 2006 after 21 years of service. During his last three years of service, he served as XO (executive officer) at Fort Polk in Louisiana, where his brigade ensured that National Guard and Reserve units were trained and ready…— Read more

East Texas Man Plants New Life Following Alcoholism, Leukemia Diagnosis

Jim Lemon of the East Texas Behavioral Health Network was recently recognized as Citizen of the Year by the Deep East Texas Branch of the National Association of Social Workers for his community development work with area gardens which support sustainability and foster healthy living.  Lemon recently visited with KTRE at one of these gardens to share his story of recovery and actualization. Check out the story (and some pictures) on KTRE's website, or watch the video below. It was a double-whammy for one East Texas man. Jim Lemon for years battled a…— Read more