Weechi It Te Win Family Services

Site: Fort Frances - Idylwild Dr

Service: Ganawendaasowin Assessment Program

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Description & Services
Public Comments Assessment facility is located at 601 Victoria Ave, Fort Frances
Description (Service) Provides services and supports for Indigenous youth struggling with substance abuse, mental health, or behavioral concerns
Assessment Program includes: 
  • Pre-treatment, assessment and stabilization at a three-bed facility focused on alcohol and drug addictions withdrawal 
  • A 30-day program with 24-hour supervision 
  • Mental health counselling 
  • On-site telemedicine program for video consultations with specialists who provide further diagnosis and treatment suggestions 
  • Referrals to the Ganawendaasowin Treatment Program (GTP) after completion of the assessment program
Hours Office Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm 
Assessment 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 with alcohol and/or substance abuse issues combined with mental health issues and related behavioral, social and/or emotional difficulties  
  • 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, behavioral and/or solvent abuse issues
  • 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
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, upon request
Fees None
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Contact Information
Office Phone Office: 807-274-3201
Toll Free Phone 1-800-465-2911
After Hours Phone 807-274-3201 (Leave message and call will be returned within 30 minutes)
Fax 807-274-8435
E-Mail laurie.rose@weechi.ca
Website www.weechi.ca
Social Media Facebook Facebook, Twitter Twitter
Primary Contact Lauris Werenko, Clinical Services Coordinator; Phone: 807-274-3201 ext 4065; Email: lauris.werenko@weechi.ca
Site Location Nanicost Bldg
Located In Community Fort Frances
Address 1455 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 from street level but no 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
Established 1987
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS)