Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby led ribbon-cutting ceremonies Tuesday to dedicate a facility designed to strengthen Native American families.
The Chickasaw Nation Nittak Himitta′ (A New Day) Women’s and Children’s Recovery Center, 2024 Te Ata Drive, will offer recovery services designed to focus on healing and strengthening the entire family.
Anoatubby said that the facility’s design, philosophy, mission and methods reflect the Chickasaw Nation’s mission to enhance the overall quality of life of the Chickasaw people.
“In Chickasaw, Nittak Himitta means ‘new day.’ And this is a new day in addiction treatment in the Chickasaw Nation,” Gov. Anoatubby said.
“The Women’s and Children’s Recovery Center provides a safe, secure and healing environment with an integrated, culturally guided approach to well-being and health.
“This approach to healing includes strengthening relationships that are so important to help women and their families heal. Healing leads to a new day to set and achieve goals and work together to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
“Healthy families are strong families, and strong families are the foundation for a strong Nation,” he said.
Using a best-practices approach to support the healing of women in a gender-specific environment, Nittak Himita′ features six one-bedroom apartments and six two-bedroom apartments, allowing a primary portion of the family unit to heal together.
In addition to separate quarters for each woman and her children, there is a common living room, dining room and kitchen to emphasize family living in a safe and secure location.
The living and treatment spaces are designed to be open and inviting with plenty of semi-private and private space.
Opening the new facility also allows the men’s residential treatment center, Hina′ Chokma “Good Road,” to expand its services.
Expansion of these services has resulted in the creation of more than 20 new full-time positions, allowing the Chickasaw Nation to offer more effective services while also having a positive impact on the local economy.
The Chickasaw Nation is dedicated to offering assistance to families who are experiencing domestic violence situations. The Chickasaw Nation has offered these services since 1994 and expanded them in 2008.
The Chickasaw Nation Nittak Himitta′ (A New Day) Women’s and Children’s Recovery Center is a realization of a vision of the treatment center in the 1980s.
Located on the south campus with the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, families receiving services at the recovery center will also have greater access to integrated health and wellness services.
Counseling, career services, education programs and assistance with everyday needs is also offered near-by at the Violence Prevention Center.
For more information about the Chickasaw Nation Nittak Himitta′, call 580-235-0554 or visit Chickasaw.net/NewDay.