Burke News

STEP Toward Recovery: Burke Hosting Outreach Presentation

LeeAnn Dwire, 18, right, has participated in Burke’s STEP program for the past year. She is now working, recently obtained her GED and is preparing for college entrance exams.
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 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 a mental health crisis waitlisted for care because this 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
Donna.moore@myburke.org
Phone: 936-558-6232
Fax: 936-558-6203

Upcoming Mission Possible Conference To Address Trauma-Informed Care

Planning Committee: From left to right includes Carol Athey, Stephen F. Austin State University School of Nursing, Juliet Aura, School Psychology Graduate Student, SFASU, Lacye Withem, Burke, Diedra Clark, Rusk State Hospital, Carol Nelson Shaw, retired school administrator, Paul Jackson, Burke, and Kinnie Reina, Burke.
Brought to you by Burke, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, Texas AHEC East, Stephen F. Austin State University School of Social Work and DSHS Rusk State Hospital, Mission Possible XXIII: Communities in Crisis – Breaking the Silence will be held on March 7, 2018, from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
The Alzheimer’s Association 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 provides psychiatric care, counseling, and primary care services Read More »

Burke Presents: Accommodations vs Real World Skills

On Friday, January 26, Burke is offering a continuing education opportunity: Accommodations vs Real World Skills.  The training will be conducted by Le’Ann L. Solmonson, Ph.D., LPC-S, CSC, Professor at Stephen F. Austin State University.
The training will be held at Angelina Mental Health Services, 1522 West Frank Street, Friday, January 26, 2017.  Arrive for check-in from 8:30 – 9:00 am, the training will begin at 9:00 and last until noon.
Program Description:

When working with students with a diagnosis that results in academic or behavioral struggles in school, we often advocate for accommodations to assist the student to be more successful. However, that may not always be in the student’s best interest. This presentation will consider the long-term impact of accommodations and Read More »

Rusk State Hospital funding addresses regional mental health needs

By Donna McCollum, Journalist, see the original KTRE story here.
RUSK, TX (KTRE) – Mentally ill offenders of the most heinous crimes are sent to Rusk State Hospital. Offenders of lesser crimes are sent there, too, if there’s room.
Burke Mobile Outreach Team Director Allison Horsley understands the demand for state mental health beds.
“The individuals Burke serves often go to places like Rusk,” Horsley said. “They haven’t been going to Rusk lately because there have been no beds. This past year alone, Burke spent over $1.2 million to provide beds for people who could not find a state contract bed.”
Angelina County mental health deputy Charlotte Griffith often drives to Houston and as far away as El Paso transporting mentally ill, sometimes psychotic, offenders.
“Sometimes Read More »

Burke Board Member Recognized as Individual of Merit


Recently, Burke Board Member, Randy George, was presented with the Individual of Meritaward at the 2017 Salute to Healthcare banquet. The Salute to Healthcare Banquet hosted by the Lufkin Chamber of Commerce is an annual event honoring the healthcare industry in Lufkin and Angelina County.
George, the President of William George, a wholesale food distributor in Angelina County has served on the Burke board since 2009. George currently serves as Vice Chair of the board. George has also served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Health System of East Texas.
Read more about George’s service and 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 COO, the event has three purposes: to celebrate the accomplishments of the Special Olympic athletes, to raise awareness for the Special Olympics and to raise funds to offset the Read More »

FEMA Resources – Keeping Children Safe after Hurricane Harvey

This is a difficult time for those who have had to evacuate their homes as well as for those who have been able to return and see the damages to their homes. Although Hurricane Harvey has passed, there are still many hazards to be mindful of as a result of the extensive damage left in its wake. Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the U.S. and causes billions of dollars in damage each year for families and businesses.
It is important for parents and guardians to follow the recommendations below in order to keep their children safe and at ease through the wait and associated cleanup.
Read strategies to address the emotional impacts of the disaster, flood and power outage Read More »