Swinomish Tribe moves ahead with plan for drug treatment center

Chairman Brian Cladoosby of the Swinomish Tribe, left, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Photo: House Committee on Education and the Workforce

The Swinomish Tribe is planning a drug treatment facility in Washington.

The didgwálič Wellness Center would be located in the city of Anacortes. According to news reports, it would provide a wide range of services for people who are addicted to opioids.

“I don’t think I’d be engaging in hyperbole when I say this is among the most important projects I’ve had the opportunity to participate in,” John Stephens, a program administrator for the tribe, told the city council at a meeting on Monday, The Skagit Valley Herald reported.

The tribe received the council's approval for a conditional use permit to operate in an existing building in the city but other hurdles need to be cleared, The Anacortes American reported. A job listing posted online this week indicates the center could be open by the end of the year.

The center's name comes from the Lushootseed word for the place where camas grows, The Herald reported.

Read More on the Story:
Swinomish clear hurdle on drug rehab clinic (The Skagit Valley Herald 3/31)
Council approves tribe’s opioid treatment facility (The Anacortes American 3/29)