Breckenridge Village of Tyler’s April Lanier Earns Accolades

TYLER, TX — The BCFS System congratulates Breckenridge Village of Tyler’s Director of Residential Services April Lanier for her formal recognition by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Public Policy Research Center (PPRC) for her dedication and collaboration in the field of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

As BVT’s Director of Residential Services since 2016, April manages the six homes on the BVT campus to ensure that residents’ needs are met and that BVT complies with state and federal guidelines for the Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability (ICF-IID) programs.

Photo: April Lanier

Her work with the Public Policy Research Center involved gathering and sharing non-confidential information from observations and interviews with some of the BVT residents.

“The data we provided will be used by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services,” she says. “In the past, HHS has used similar data to improve the laws that govern the programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It has also been used to show a need for more state funding for IDD programs and services.”

April arrived at BVT with an already-developed relationship with the PPRC.

When I made the move to work at Breckenridge Village of Tyler, I sent my updated contact information to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services so that I could continue to advocate for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

While she considers her greatest reward the knowledge that she is providing the best care and advocacy for those we serve at BVT, she is sure to mention that she shares her success with her co-workers.

I could not do my job everyday if it were not for the residential team that stands by me,” she says. “I am so very thankful for their constant support and their devoted care of our residents here at BVT.

Congratulations, April, on the recognition, and for helping make BVT a leader in high-quality care for individuals living with intellectual and developmental challenges.

Visit BreckenridgeVillage.com for information about BVT.