As part of the Cherokee Nation, Jack Brown Center provides residential treatment for substance abuse for Native American clients from 13 to 18 years of age. The mission statement for the center is to serve Native American youth by “providing opportunities for education, and mental, spiritual, emotional and physical growth through treatment.” Located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Jack Brown Center sits on the pastoral grounds of a former dairy farm. The Center was built in 2014 and consists of a 28,000 square-foot, five-building ranch-style campus. Certain elements of the landscape have been preserved, including a silo, which complements the tranquil, rural environment.
Accommodations and Food
The center is co-ed, and there are separate residential facilities for boys and girls, dormitory-style with lounge areas, serving up to 36 clients at once. Rooms have twin beds and are occupied by two clients. There is a large recreation center and weight room on-site, a drum circle and large group therapy rooms.
Clients are permitted to bring a maximum of $20 spending money which will be kept by their treatment coordinator. All clothing is at the discretion of the Residential Manager and only neutral colored clothing and accessories are allowed. Items not permitted include sunglasses, hats, belts and body jewelry. Cell phones and Internet usage are also prohibited.
Meals are served three times a day cafeteria-style. Snacks are available.
Treatment and Staff
An assessment of the client’s unique circumstances occurs before acceptance into the program so when the incoming resident arrives at Jack Brown Center, all details for his or her needs are taken care of. The length of stay can be up to 120 days. The inpatient program consists of individual counseling, group therapy, family therapy and mental health counseling. Co-occurring disorders are also treated. Clients attend approximately six hours of therapy per day Monday through Friday, and approximately two to four hours of therapy on Saturdays and Sundays. Recreational activities are organized regularly and all clients are encouraged to participate.
Jack Brown Center also provides Native American cultural education and academic assessment and placement for clients. There are also plans to add equine therapy in the near future.
Jack Brown Center is dedicated to serving Native American youth from recognized Cherokee tribes. It accepts Medicaid and Medicare, and payment assistance is also available. By educating clients on their heritage while treating substance abuse issues in a supportive, comfortable environment, Jack Brown Center assists its clients in recovering and becoming active, successful members of the Cherokee community.
Jack Brown Center
W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex
17675 S. Muskogee Ave
Tahlequah, OK 74464
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