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GLITC CEO Addresses Town Board Resolution Opposing Life-Saving Youth Treatment Facility

The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC) has purchased land in the Town of Cassian within Oneida County to build an Adolescent Recovery and Wellness Center. Here is an image to get an idea of what the youth facility will look like on more than 150 acres of land.

Image courtesy of GLITC.

If you’re concerned about the opioids, fentanyl, heroin and meth flowing into Oneida County and the greater Northwoods, please read this letter and support construction of this adolescent treatment facility.

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council CEO Bryan Bainbridge addresses each point within Cassian Town Resolution 2023-01 opposing the proposed Adolescent Recovery and Wellness Center.

“The project plans follow Oneida County zoning ordinances, and we look forward to continuing to work with elected officials and the community to ensure we’re doing our part to build desperately needed treatment capacity in the Northwoods for youth fighting addiction,” he says.

“Doing nothing to fight addiction will only continue to diminish the quality of life for all residents of Oneida County—including the Town of Cassian—and the Northwoods,” Bryan writes in the letter. “The associated costs of not approving this youth treatment facility are too great.”

The proposed youth recovery and wellness center is a 36-bed residential facility centrally located in Wisconsin to best serve all Member Tribes and urban Indians. It will provide culturally relevant services and responsive residential substance abuse treatment for Native American youth, ages 13-17, who are suffering from Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and any co-occurring mental health conditions. Priority will be given to Native American youth, but the facility would be open to non-Native adolescents as well.

Click here to follow GLITC on Facebook for updates and opportunities to voice support for this project throughout the permitting process.