Unit Clerk ‘Runs the Show’ in Special Care

John SniffenLa Hacienda, Treatment Team

Unit Clerk Lynda Baker checks Nurse Manning Reed's vital signs.

Photo caption: Unit Clerk Lynda Baker checks Nurse Manning Reed’s vital signs. Unit Clerk Lynda Baker didn’t know what the job entailed when she applied at La Hacienda in 2002. She just saw the title and imagined it would be like the office work she did for 15 years at the Kerrville State Hospital. “I thought it was a secretarial … Read More

Equal Coverage for Treatment is Law, But Enforcement Lags

John SniffenAdvocacy, La Hacienda

Image from the Parity at 10 Campaign

Image from the Parity at 10 Campaign. Insurance coverage for treatment of substance use disorders and mental health issues is supposed to be equal to what is provided for medical and surgical services. That was the purpose of the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act passed by Congress 10 years ago this fall. In theory it sounds simple. … Read More

College Station Office Supports First Aggie Sober Tailgate

John SniffenCommunity Outreach, La Hacienda

Mary Reyes (second from right) and members of the Aggie Recovery Community

Photo caption: La Hacienda-College Station Program Director Mary Reyes (second from right) and members of the Aggie Recovery Community give a Gig ‘Em for the first Aggie Sober Tailgate. Challenges to a person in recovery can fill college life. Among them are tailgate parties before sporting events, a frequent theme of beer industry ads. At Texas A&M University, students in … Read More

Dining Staff Goes All Out for Thanksgiving

John SniffenLa Hacienda

Guadalupe River at La Hacienda Treatment Center

Photo Caption: Our Guadalupe River frontage is dressed for the season. Most Americans celebrate Thanksgiving with a large meal with family. People in treatment—and those assisting them—do not have the day off, but they can enjoy a traditional holiday buffet. The La Hacienda Nutritional Services Department will lay out a Thanksgiving spread for about 250 persons, including patients, staff, and … Read More

Responding to the California Wildfires

John SniffenCommunity Outreach, La Hacienda

Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation.

Logo courtesy LAFD Foundation Along with the rest of the nation, we have been horrified and saddened by the death and destruction caused by the California wildfires. Thousands are homeless, hundreds may have perished, and fire fighters and other emergency personnel are at the limits of their endurance. Faced with such a catastrophe, it may not seem there is much … Read More

Outreach Staffer Learns About Firefighters’ Work

John SniffenCommunity Outreach, La Hacienda

Outreach Coordinator Ashley Martel, fourth from right, and the other treatment professionals who participated in "Into the Flames."

Photo Caption: Dallas Outreach Coordinator Ashley Martel, fourth from right, and the other treatment professionals who participated in “Into the Flames.” Instructor Casey Ellsworth is third from left. Dallas-based La Hacienda Outreach Coordinator Ashley Martel recently got a taste of a firefighter’s life. Along with therapists and staff from other treatment centers in the Dallas area, she participated in “Into … Read More

Veterans Remembered; Bell Tolled for Peace

John SniffenLa Hacienda

Rhonda Avans practices ringing the La Hacienda bell for Veterans Day observance.

Photo caption: Army veteran and La Hacienda staffer Rhonda Avans practices ringing the bell last week for the Veterans Day observance held November 11. Staff and patients paused Sunday morning, November 11, to observe the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and to thank military veterans for their service. Gathered near the Bodega at the La Hacienda … Read More

Granddaughter’s Death Spurs Sense of Mission

John SniffenLa Hacienda, Treatment Team

Nurse Practitioner Cyndy Hartsfield checks medical data with Physician Dr. Ottis Layne

Photo caption: Nurse Practitioner Cyndy Hartsfield, right, discusses information with Physician Dr. Ottis Layne. As do many of our staff members, Nurse Practitioner Cyndy Hartsfield, RN FNP, brings a personal desire to help people recover to her work at La Hacienda. In 2016 her 25-year-old granddaughter, Katy, died from a heroin overdose. The family knew the young woman had an … Read More

Former Pro Basketball Player Herren Speaks to Kerrville Youth

John SniffenCommunity Outreach

Chris Herren poses with La Hacienda's Cade Saurage after Herren's presentation at Tivy High School.

Caption: Addiction Speaker Chris Herren poses with Cade Saurage after Kerrville appearance. Former professional basketball player Chris Herren urged more than 1,400 students at Kerrville’s Tivy High School not to get involved with drugs and alcohol during an October 12 speech. La Hacienda was one of the community supporters for the Recovery Month event, which was also livestreamed to other … Read More

Staff Celebrates Halloween with Costumes, Food, and Words

John SniffenLa Hacienda

Costumed staff got in the holiday spirit.

Caption: Costumed staff members, from left, Denis Filer, Sally Wall, Lisa Schreckenbach, and Rachel Kessler, got in the holiday spirit. Staff took a few minutes from their normal duties on Wednesday, October 31, to celebrate Halloween. Here and there a witch, a pug, a fairy godmother, a deviled egg, and even a lady dragon went about their regular care duties … Read More