Welcome to Birch Tree Communities, Inc.
The Birch Intentions
Soon after our founding in 1989, the Birch staff and Board of Directors adopted a set of principles to serve as the foundation of our relationships and behaviors in serving our members. These principles came to be known as The Birch Intentions and are meant to set the tone of the recovery environment.
In everything we do, we intend
- To be kind.
- To inspire hope.
- To respect and befriend men and women overwhelmed by life.
- To be just.
- To bring a measure of joy into every life we touch.
- To do no harm.
- To offer ourselves without discrimination.
- To serve with patience, persistence and forgiveness, not regarding symptoms of illness as evidence of failure.
- To create an environment in which dreams are born, encouraged and pursued.
- To be a beginning, not an end.
So, you want to work at Birch Tree?
We have been looking for you!
Birch Tree is hiring! If you or someone you know is looking for a rewarding career in recovery-based mental health then we have the job for you. We have locations throughout the state. Check out the Locations tab on the left to see if we serve folks near you.
We are always looking for dedicated, compassionate, hard-working individuals to help the members we serve on their road to mental health recovery. Click the logo below to watch a short video about Birch Tree so you can make an informed choice if Birch is the right place for you.
The Holidays; Tips for Stress and Depression
Holidays are a time when emotions run high. Holidays are also a time when emotions can run low. Here are a few tips on how to make sure while you are taking care of others you do not forget to take care of yourself.
Be sure to reach out to others who need support during this time of year and if you need extra support, don't be afraid to ask. Follow the links to learn more about how to help during this time of year.
Birch welcomes new CEO Jack Keathley
I was recently given the honor of becoming the new Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Directors of Birch Tree. Although I transitioned from CFO to my new position, I am relatively new to Birch and want to introduce myself to those who may not know me.
My name is Jack Keathley and I come to Birch with over 30 years' experience in the behavioral health system in the state of Arkansas. Over the years, I have served in financial leadership positions with organizations including East Arkansas Regional Mental Health Center, Southeast Arkansas Behavioral Health System, Charter Hospital, Health Resources of Arkansas, and Mid-south Health Systems.
I was born in North Little Rock, and graduated from North Little Rock High. After attending Hendrix College in Conway where I earned a degree in Business and Economics, I was offered a unique opportunity to gain my Master's degree in a specialized program focusing on cost finding and rate setting for community behavioral health from the University of Denver. I am married to my beautiful wife Sharon, and have two daughters and a son.
Civic duty led me to serve over 25 years in Rotary International as past president of both the West Pine Bluff and Jonesboro Metro chapters. I have served as treasurer for Relay for Life and worked on the Finance Committee for the Mental Health Council of Arkansas.
Behavioral health in the state will see dramatic changes over the next few years. I am focused on making sure Birch Tree Communities remains viable and agile during this transition into the new system of care. Birch Tree will remain on the forefront of person-centered, recovery oriented treatment and we will continue to offer opportunities for individuals to grow as the recover from their mental illness. We have a strong team at Birch Tree and we are looking forward to a bright future. We will continue to live by our mission and continue to assist those we serve to have “A Satisfying Life in the Community”.
Jack Keathley, CEO
Birch Tree Communities, Inc.
Run, Birch Run!
And run we did! We want to give a big thank you for all of the wonderful runners, walkers and volunteers for making the 2nd Annual 5K Run for Recovery and One Mile Walk for Wellness another great success. We had many great sponsors step up and raise maney for our wellness program that directly benefits the members of Birch Tree. The weather was perfect for the event and a great time was had by all. Please check out the pictures below and check back with us often as we are ready to run again this time next year!
The Gift of Life
Come out and give the gift of life by donating blood during our 2nd annual blood drive to be held at our Malvern Program Center on Wednesday, October 8 between the hours of 1:00pm-6:00pm. We are located at 1628 E Page St in Malvern. Last year was a great success and we hope to be able to make a difference in the lives of those in the community!
First Ever Birch Blues & BBQ Rocked the House!
Oxford's first official fundraiser, Birch, Blues, & BBQ, was an amazing success. We had so many people from the community show up and it was such an incredible experience for everyone involved. Several members share their stories of recovery and how Birch has helped them along their journey. Everyone enjoyed the food and the good music that was provided by The Eddie Cooper Band.
We had 39 different businesses and individuals donate items and framed seventeen different original art pieces of art members painted over the last few months for the silent auction. Everything sold by the end of the night and we raised $1500 for our program fund. Everyone had a hand in making this night great and it was successful beyond our expectations.
Family to Family
Looking for more ways to educate yourself about mental illness and ways to improve the lives of those you love? NAMI Family-to-Family is an educational course for family, caregivers and friends of individuals living with mental illness.
What You Should Expect
· Meets for 12 session, 2.5 hours each, free of cost.
· Designed for loved ones (over age 18) of individuals living with mental illness.
· Taught by trained family members of individuals living with mental illness.
· Provides critical information and strategies related to caregiving.
· Incorporates presentations, discussion and exercises.
· Designated an Evidence Based Practice in 2013 by SAMHSA.
For more information please follow the link below!
Immediate openings for therapists
Birch Tree is looking for Masters Level Social Workers or Counselors in Benton and Oxford, Arkansas. If you or someone you know is looking to work in a recovery-based, person-centered program, then Birch Tree is the place for you. We offer:
Competitive Compensation & Benefits
Liberal Vacation & Sick Leave
For more information click on the following locations:
Bill Shumaker is a consumer and advocate who has helped lend a voice to many in the state on the road to recovery. He has been working on a project capturing stories about recovery and mental health. He has interviewed many consumers and social workers throughout the state, building an oral history for generations to study. Below is a link where you can listen to those stories.
News You Can Use
Conway branch is excited to announce the creation of Conway's Family and Friends Support Group. They are meeting the 4th Thursday of each month; 6:30pm at the Conway Program Center. We have had several wonderful meetings and encourage any families who have a loved one with Birch to attend if you are in the Conway area..
Birch Tree is always looking for compassionate, motivated individuals ready to partner with our members on their road to mental health recovery. Click on the 'Employment" tab to learn more about how to join our team!