Janis Burdett, Program Director of the Ellis County Juvenile Probation Counseling Center, was recognized on March 28 for her years of service to the Ellis County community. Phoenix Houses of Texas Admissions Manager Carrie Terrill presented Ms. Burdett with the Phoenix House Collaborative Award, a testament to her hard work on behalf of those struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. She is the fourth recipient of this honor for community collaboration and advocacy.
The award ceremony, which also served as a retirement party for Ms. Burdett, who has been a dedicated advocate at the Center for years, took place at the Ellis County Juvenile Probation Department in Waxahachie. Ms. Burdett’s friends and colleagues joined the celebration, as well as Ellis County probation officers, police chief, community partners, and representatives from other treatment providers.
It was particularly inspiring to hear about Ms. Burdett’s past contributions as well as her continued plan to participate in mental health and treatment advocacy even beyond her retirement. She is a remarkable and dedicated individual, and we are certain that she will continue to make a positive difference in the community for years to come.