Weechi It Te Win Family Services

Site: Weechi-it-te-Win Family Services

Service: Ganawendaasowin Treatment Program

Description & Services
Public Comments
  • Ganawendaasowin Treatment Program facility is located at 71 McTavish Rd in Lavalle Township, 6 mi E of Fort Frances 
  • Ganawendaasowin Treatment Program fax: 807-274-0218 
  • Aftercare Coordinator, Heidi Bolen Kreger at 807-274-0483 Ext 7
Description (Service) Provides a 10-bed residential treatment facility and support services for youth 
  • Offers a 90-day substance abuse treatment program with a focus on culturally relevant programs, counselling and therapy for adolescents with alcohol and substance abuse difficulties combined with mental health or behavioural issues 
  • Operates an on site school with qualified teaching staff to allow residents of the Center to continue with academic studies 
  • Coordinates cultural naming ceremonies, feasts, sweat lodges and circles through the supervision of traditional elders 
  • Promotes greater responsibility and involvement of the family members in the adolescent's life
 
Provides education and counselling focused on: 
  • Developing a balance between the emotional, spiritual, mental, physical and social aspects of an individual's life 
  • An individual's identity, belonging and sense of direction in life 
  • Developing a healthy lifestyle, free of alcohol and substance abuse 
  • Teaching relevant life skills
 
Aftercare Program 
  • Provides a referral to another clinician, elder or service provider three weeks prior to discharge who will continue to provide service for 30 days after discharge 
  • Offers an aftercare support group once per week for as long as needed 
  • Offers continued access to cultural ceremonies
 
Also provides: 
  • Designated child welfare beds at the treatment facility for First Nation's communities requiring child placement
Hours Office Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm 
Treatment Program Mon-Sun 24 hours
Areas Served Anishinaabeg of Naongashing First Nation - Big Island ; Couchiching First Nation ; Lac La Croix First Nation ; Mishkosiminiziibiing First Nation - Big Grassy River ; Naicatchewenin First Nation ; Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation ; Onigaming First Nation ; Rainy River First Nation ; Seine River First Nation ; Stanjikoming First Nation - Mitaanjigamiing
Eligibility Ages: 12 year(s) - 17 year(s) 
 
  • Youth who have been diagnosed with alcohol and/or substance abuse issues combined with mental health issues and related behavioural, social and/or emotional difficulties 
  • Youth placed in foster care 
  • Must be a member of any of the 10 First Nations communities in the Rainy Lake Tribal Region either on/off-reserve
 
NOT ELIGIBLE: Youth displaying severe mental health, behavioural and/or solvent abuse issues
Application
  • Program open to referrals from any source; upon request a referral package is sent out, reviewed upon return and interested parties notified of acceptance/non-acceptance into program 
  • Intake assessment required
 
Child Welfare Beds 
  • Referrals from other child welfare agencies 
  • Child welfare documentation must be completed
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, upon request
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone Office: 807-274-3201 
Ganawendaasowin Treatment Program: 807-486-1618
Toll Free Phone 1-800-465-2911
Fax 807-274-8435
E-Mail info@weechi.ca
Website www.weechi.ca
Social Media Facebook Facebook, Twitter Twitter
Primary Contact Sandra Stevens, Staff Trainer and Intake Coordinator; Phone: 807-274-0483 ext 2; Email: gtp.intake@gmail.com
Alternate Contact Verna Windego, Administrative Assistant; Email: verna.windego@weechi.ca
Primary Executive Crystal Smith, Ganawendaasowin Team Leader; Email: crystal.smith@weechi.ca
Alternate Executive Katie Racine, Case Manager; Email: katie.racine@weechi.ca
Site Location Nanicost Building
Located In Community Fort Frances
Address 1457 Idylwild Dr
Fort Frances, ON P9A 3M3
 
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Intersection Idylwild Dr and Lake Rd
Mailing Address PO Box 812 
Fort Frances, ON P9A 3N1
Physical Access Partially Accessible - Entrance -- Accessible with automatic push button door; Parking -- Accessible with one designated handicapped parking space; Washroom -- Not accessible ; Building has elevator
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS)
Elections Annual Corporate Election