Specialized Services

YES Waiver

The Youth Empowerment Services Waiver also known as the YES Waiver provides home and community-based services to individuals ages 3-18 who have a serious emotional disturbance putting them at risk of being placed outside of the home. Services include non-traditional therapies, respite, non-medical transportation, paraprofessional services, family supports, employment assistance, and community living skills. YES Waiver work is channeled through a team approach that includes community providers, families, and their informal supports with common goals of reducing time spent out of the home and community, preventing entry into the foster care system, and improving the lives of children and their families.

For more information on the YES, Waiver call Burke’s YES Waiver inquiry line at 1-800-330-9560.

System of Care

System of Care is a state-led initiative to introduce a philosophy of doing business that improves the way we interact with the community, families, and other child-serving systems. System of Care builds meaningful partnerships with families and youth, addresses cultural and linguistic needs, and uses evidence-based practices to help children, youth and families function better at home, in school, in the community, and throughout life. The program works to improve behavioral health outcomes for children and youth (3-20) with serious emotional disturbances and with their families by expanding utilization of high-fidelity wraparound services to engage children and youth in the juvenile justice system, child welfare, and residential treatment center placement.

For more information on System of Care at Burke, please contact Melissa Simmons at 936-633-5600.

Specialized Treatment of Early Psychosis

Specialized Treatment of Early Psychosis (STEP) is a recovery-oriented treatment program for individuals ages 15-30 who have experienced their first psychotic episode. They receive a team approach to case management, doctor services, psychosocial rehabilitation, peer services, therapy, and supportive employment and/or education for up to two years based on need and preferences. The primary goal of the program is to decrease the length of time between the onset of psychotic symptoms to the beginning of treatment to minimize brain damage as well as strain on the individuals and their families.

For more information about Burke’s STEP Program, please call 936-634-5010 and ask for Melissa Simmons or Monique Wicker.

To make an appointment or for general information about Burke’s mental health services, call 936-634-5010 or 1-866-242-4556.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call 1-800-392-8343 immediately.