Burke News

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 »

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 »