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2011-04-07 / General Stories

Bluebonnet Trails Community Services Helps Families Meet Critical Care Needs For Developmentally Disabled

The partnership cultivated between Bluebonnet Trails Community Services (BTCS) and Kenmar Residential Services, Inc., operator of the Center’s Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF), is a pivotal relationship for families with intellectually and developmentally challenged family members—and the focus of the latest BTCS http:// www.youtube.com/user/ BluebonnetCommunity?feature=mhum. BTCS partners with Kenmar to place people with developmental disabilities in safe and structured community environments, assisting families with the tremendous responsibility of 24/ 7 care.

“I work with many families who feel as though there are not a lot of options available to them. They care for a person with a disability and it puts a lot of strain on the caregiver and the family as they are unable to do things for themselves such as maintain employment.” said BTCS Service Supervisor, Becky Currie.

The latest video captures the life changing collaboration between BTCS and Kenmar Residential Services. Glenn Mulhstein, father of resident Jessica Lynn Muhlstein, shares his appreciation of such services after the loss of his wife, allowing him to maintain employment, while still providing 24-hour care for his daughter.

BTCS is committed to helping transform lives through key partnerships that help to ensure the safety and wellbeing of Central Texans with developmental and mental disabilities. With the help of BTCS these care- giving programs offer an alternative to families like the Mulhsteins, providing support, efficient resources, appropriate programming, and a safe environment for individuals to live a full life.

“The Group home offered her a full life, it’s knowing that she’s safe and has a nice warm place to stay...she’s taken care of...They get to go to the movies and play bingo, they get to do hundreds of things that I couldn’t do for her,” says Glenn Muhlstein.

The BTCS YouTube channel provides information on programs currently offered by BTCS that help link individuals and families to critical resources. Launched February 22, 2011, the YouTube channel has received more than 1,300 views.

Bluebonnet Trails Community Services was formed in 1997 and now serves an eight-county region including Lee County. More than 700,000 Texans live in the Bluebonnet Trails Community Services region. They provide 24- hour Crisis Care, Mental Health Services, Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services, Early Childhood Intervention and Substance Abuse Services.

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