- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) - The Cherokee Nation has opened a new $5 million substance abuse treatment center for youths in Tahlequah.

The grand opening of the new Jack Brown Center was held Monday. The facility will help tribal youth ages 13-18 who have drug and alcohol addiction and is one of only 10 centers of its kind in the country.

The treatment center is a 28,000-square-foot, five-building campus. It replaces the former Jack Brown Center that was located in a 1930s-era facility on the Sequoyah Schools campus and will be able to serve up to 36 tribal teens instead of the previous capacity of 20.

Construction of the new center was funded by the Cherokee Nation. The center receives Indian Health Service funds to operate.

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