RETHN Polk County Local Advisory Board Meets

The Polk County Local Advisory Board of the Rural East Texas Health Network (RETHN) recently met at Livingston City Hall.  Board members reviewed admissions data for the Burke Center’s regional Mental Health Emergency Center (MHEC), as well as the mental health crises delivery system for Polk County.

The RETHN is a network established by Burke in 2006 to address the challenges and needs of the mental health emergency delivery system for our Deep East Texas area.  The RETHN consists of eleven Local Advisory Boards across the region, as well as a Regional Board of Directors.

Shown here at the meeting are (left to right) Mark Jones, Polk County Sheriff’s Department; Brett Maisel, Burke; Mandy Wilson, Timberwood Nursing Home; Anne Parrish, Department of State Health Services;

(back row) Anne Bondesen, RETHN; Bernitta Langley, Polk County Sheriff’s Department; Laura Langley, Burke; Board Chairman Darrell Longino, Justice of the Peace; Justin Cude, Americare EMS; Karen Pollard, CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Livingston; K. Susie Adams, Childrenz Haven; Krysti Griffin, CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Livingston; Brent Phillips, Polk County Sheriff’s Department; and Matt Parrish, Livingston Police Department.