WYANDOTTE – A much anticipated treatment center is nearing completion and is anticipated to open here in the next two to three weeks.

The comprehensive treatment program at the Lost River Treatment Center will be primarily outpatient and will be operated by the Modoc Nation. The center’s primary function is to help address and alleviate the opioid addiction crisis impacting communities all around this area, the state, and nationwide. The program will also serve individuals experiencing other co-occurring mental health disorders.

“We are pretty proud. We came in under budget, but are a little over on the time we planned. But we are about to get it open with a full staff on board. We are just waiting to get our certifications from the state and federal,” said Dr. Jack Doney, who presented the concept for the center to the tribe in June of 2018.

The Modoc Nation broke ground for the facility, located north of Wyandotte on the corner of the Oklahoma-Missouri State Line Road and Highway 10.

The final phase is getting all the appropriate permits, etc., and obtaining final approval from the appropriate local and state agencies.

The center was made possible in part thanks to a three-year-grant awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to provide medication assisted treatment to individuals with opioid use disorders.

“This is a state-of-the-art facility and we have put a lot of work in planning it,” Doney said. “The narcotic inspector said this facility is the first he has inspected that was built just for this purpose and not a remodel of an existing facility. He was pretty impressed.

“We have put a big emphasis on the safety and security of the building and on protecting the patients’ confidentiality. We have people who need treatment waiting for us to open — some transfers and some new patients. There is definitely a need.”

It is because the tribe has been directly affected by the opioid epidemic, as have the other area tribes and the communities we live in, that the tribe was committed to making a positive impact in providing a critical relief option to the people and their families who have been plagued by this issue, Modoc Nation Attorney General Blake Follis told the News-Record at the groundbreaking ceremony.

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