Burke News

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 »

Host program for developmental disability community through Burke

By Hailey Squiers, Mulitmedia Journalist, see the original KTRE story here.
Lufkin, TX (KTRE-TV)
Three years ago, Bernice Jackson and her husband Robert Jackson were newcomers to Lufkin. But, something just didn’t feel right.
“After Leroy came into our home, I began to feel like a normalcy,” said Jackson. “Because that’s all we’ve done since we’ve been adults.”
The Jacksons’ passion for helping those with special needs was perfect for the Companion Host Care program through Burke, where they were matched with Leroy Butler. According to Kasandra Malone, a supervisor for Burke, this program was created to get those with intellectual developmental disabilities out of group home and into a family-type environment.
“You have staff coming in and out 24 hours, and you don’t get to form that personal bond,” Malone Read More »

KTRE-TV Receives Frank M. Adams Award for Mental Health Awareness

In June of 2017, KTRE was presented with the Frank M. Adams award at the TX Council’s Annual Conference. Burke nominated KTRE for their work in promoting mental health awareness in their weekly Survivor Series. Watch this video to learn more about the award.

 
KTRE’s Survivor Series highlights members of the local community and the challenging obstacles they have overcome in life. KTRE journalists work to showcase these “survivors” in a compassionate way.  Every story ends with a life lesson that may provide hope and promise for someone coping with a similar obstacle.
KTRE has aired Survivors every week since September of 2015 in the highly rated Wednesday Evening News segment.  Since 2016, Burke has helped KTRE identify residents with intellectual and Read More »

The Texas Mental Health Crisis

Texas Association of Counties produced this video to explain how communities across Texas are facing significant challenge providing services to their citizens with mental health needs.

Burke counselor uses life experiences to help children with mental illness

By Caleb Beames, Multi-Media Journalist, see the original KTRE story here.
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Everyday at Burke, employees help people who find themselves deep in depression and dealing with anxiety.
One of those is Callie Hunt. Hunt not only listens to her patients, she also understands what they are going through. Twelve years ago, Hunt was getting to graduate from Lufkin High School. Hunt was one of the popular students.
“I was very active,” Hunt said. I was in groups and I was on the dance team,” Hunt said. “I grew up in a really great home. I had a really great childhood.”
The student that also was working hard at trying to become Miss Texas looked happy outside but on the inside Read More »

Nacogdoches special needs teacher overcame extreme shyness, depression

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) – At one time or another, even the most outgoing person has experienced some degree of shyness.
Fewer people are so shy it prevents them from functioning at all.
One Nacogdoches woman overcame her shyness and the depression it created following mental health counseling from Burke.
Violet Porter is tonight’s Survivor.

It’s difficult keeping up with Violet Porter, a certified teacher of elementary children.
“Oh I love it,” Violet said.
Violet barely comes up for breath while on her way to the classroom.
“Usually I work in this portable,” Violet said.
The Stephen F. Austin State University alum is winding up the school year working as a long-term substitute teacher for special needs kids.
“It’s like the best thing,” Violet said.
One would have a difficult time Read More »

Zeagler presented with Spirit Award at 22nd Annual Mission Possible conference.

On March 8th, at the Mission Possible Conference in Nacogdoches, Buddy Zeagler, retired executive director of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation, was presented with the Spirit Award by the SFA School of Social Work. The intent of the award is to identify and honor individuals who may not be social workers, yet they embody the spirit of social work practice.  Zeagler was recognized because of his undying commitment to helping the community. His recent involvement with the School of Social Work and their projects with Impact Lufkin and the San Augustine community service center has opened up doors for community vitalization in East Texas.
Photo Caption: From left are: Dr. Freddie Avant, director and associate dean of the SFA School of Social Read More »