$3,500 Goes to the “Veterans on the Move” Program of BTCS

The Gonzales Elks Lodge 2413 Exalted Ruler Terry Newton presented a check of $3,500 to members of the “Veterans on the Move” program of Bluebonnet Trails Community Services. The funding provided by the Elks National Foundation Community investment program will be used to purchase a trailer to store and transport bicycles purchased through a grant provided in 2017 by Gonzales Elks Lodge 2413.  Members of Veterans on the move and Elks Lodge members rode the bikes in the 2017 Come and Take it Parade and look forward to doing so again in the Come and Take it Parade of 2018.  Jaime Cervantes, Veterans Services Coordinator of Bluebonnet Trails Veterans services expressed gratitude to the Gonzales Elks Lodge 2413 members saying “Without the funding The Veterans on the move program would not be in existence.” The bicycles originally used in outings for veterans in Gonzales have been used in similar family based activities in Guadalupe and Bastrop Counties.  Teresa Chavez, also a Veterans Services Coordinator from Bluebonnet Trails Veterans services, relates her experiences with the Veterans on the Move program, “The donation of the funding for the bikes last year gave us a chance to involved veterans with their families in outings that are non-threatening and therapeutic for the whole family.”  The Lodge membership expressed a never ending support for our veterans in Gonzales and are proud that their efforts to serve veterans has expanded to other Counties.  The trailer will help store the bikes and make it easier to transport the bikes to the activity site.   Terry Newton invites new members to the Lodge who want to make a difference in the quality of life of the people of the community.

Pictured Left to right: Linda Truax- Army Veteran and Commander for DAV Chapter 61, Allison Poteet – Air Force Veteran and Military Veteran Peer Network, Jaime Cervantes Veteran- Veterans services coordinator, Terry Newton Exalted Ruler Elks Gonzales Lodge 2413

NAMI 12 Week Program for Family Members

NAMI Austin is offering a free 12-week program for family members of adults who have a mental health diagnosis. “Family-to-Family” classes will be held from 3-5:30 p.m. Sundays starting August 12 at Georgetown Health Foundation Community Rooms. The peer-led classes are designed to help family members understand and support their loved one living with a mental health diagnosis while maintaining their own well-being. You can learn more at namiaustin.org/family-to-family.

Because religion and spirituality often play a vital role in healing, families and individuals experiencing mental health issues often turn to a faith leader first for help. Faith leaders should be trained and equipped to handle these mental health concerns to the best of their ability. Bridges to Hope provides that training. The next workshop will be Saturday, August 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 at San Gabriel Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (1322E University Ave, Georgetown). Learn more at namiaustin.org/bridgestohope.

Netflix “13 Reasons Why” Concerns

Responsible and Aware Viewership – The popular Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” caused concerns among mental health advocacy groups and experts regarding the controversial presentations of suicide, bullying, and mental health topics. Twenty-four leading suicide prevention and mental health organizations have since created a website for families, educators, and professionals to accompany the release of the second season. The website, www.13reasonswhytoolkit.org, contains information, resources, and toolkits to help address the important topics within each episode. Netflix has also released a warning video and other resources at www.13reasonswhy.info.


A Notice to the BTCS Community Concerning a Recent Privacy Incident against Metrocare Services

A Notice to the BTCS Community Concerning a Recent Privacy Incident against Metrocare Services

Metrocare Services operates a pharmacy onsite at Bluebonnet Trails Community Center (“BTCS”). Metrocare values the confidentiality and privacy of the individuals receiving services. This notice is regarding an incident against Metrocare that may have involved some of BTCS’s community members’ information

On November 17, 2017, Metrocare learned an unauthorized third party gained access into email accounts of some Metrocare employees. Metrocare immediately took steps to secure the accounts and began an investigation, which included hiring an outside forensic firm to assist in the investigation. The investigation determined the unauthorized access occurred between August 15, 2017 and November 17, 2017, and could not rule out whether emails containing individuals’ information were accessed by the third party. Some BTCS community members’ information was included in the email account, and may have included the names, dates of birth, and prescription history/information for some BTCS members.

Metrocare has not received any indication that any of the information in the email accounts has been misused. As a general rule, Metrocare recommends BTCS members review all health care related statements they receive, and be alert for any health care services they did not receive from any of the providers. If you see any charges services you did not receive, please promptly contact the provider of those services.

We regret any inconvenience or concern this incident may cause the BTCS community. To help prevent something like this from happening in the future, we are taking steps to add additional security measures to our current information technology infrastructure. We have established a dedicated call center to answer questions the BTCS community may have regarding this incident. If you have any questions, please call at 1-833-214-8742, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, Central Time.


Una notificación a la comunidad de BTCS sobre un reciente incidente de privacidad contra los servicios de Metrocare

Metrocare Services opera una farmacia en el sitio en Bluebonnet Trails Community Center (“BTCS”). Metrocare valora la confidencialidad y la privacidad de las personas que reciben los servicios. Este aviso se refiere a un incidente en contra de Metrocare que puede haber involucrado parte de la información de los miembros de la comunidad de BTCS

El 17 de noviembre de 2017, Metrocare descubrió que un tercero no autorizado obtuvo acceso a cuentas de correo electrónico de algunos empleados de Metrocare. Metrocare inmediatamente tomó medidas para asegurar las cuentas y comenzó una investigación, que incluyó la contratación de una firma forense externa para ayudar en la investigación. La investigación determinó que el acceso no autorizado se produjo entre el 15 de agosto de 2017 y el 17 de noviembre de 2017 y no pudo descartarse si el tercero accedió a los correos electrónicos que contenían información de personas. Parte de la información de los miembros de la comunidad BTCS se incluyó en la cuenta de correo electrónico, y puede haber incluido los nombres, fechas de nacimiento e historial / información de prescripción para algunos miembros de BTCS.

Metrocare no ha recibido ninguna indicación de que se haya utilizado indebidamente la información en las cuentas de correo electrónico. Como regla general, Metrocare recomienda a los miembros de BTCS que revisen todas las declaraciones relacionadas con el cuidado de la salud que reciben y que estén atentos a los servicios de atención médica que no recibieron de ninguno de los proveedores. Si ve algún servicio de cargos que no recibió, comuníquese de inmediato con el proveedor de dichos servicios.

Lamentamos cualquier inconveniente o preocupación que este incidente pueda causar a la comunidad de BTCS. Para ayudar a prevenir que algo como esto ocurra en el futuro, estamos tomando medidas para agregar medidas de seguridad adicionales a nuestra infraestructura de tecnología de la información actual. Hemos establecido un centro de llamadas dedicado para responder preguntas que la comunidad BTCS pueda tener con respecto a este incidente. Si tiene alguna pregunta, llame al 1-833-214-8742, de lunes a viernes, de 8 am a 5 pm, hora del centro.