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Kivela Center Acquisition

Great Lakes Recovery Centers, Inc. Receives funds for new John Kivela Center 


Negaunee, MI:  Great Lakes Recovery Centers, Inc. (GLRC) is excited to announce that significant funding has been pledged to continue the transformation of their newest location in Negaunee into the John Kivela Center, providing a campus model of behavioral health care for residents of Marquette County and beyond. 


The transition of the former Teal Lake Medical Clinic from UP Health Systems in 2022 was instrumental in GLRC’s vision of creating a regional behavioral health campus.  Although significant renovations need to be completed to transform the 33,000 square-foot facility into a regional behavioral health campus, the building is in the ideal location, right off of US 41, adjacent to GLRC’s Adolescent Services Center on the border of Ishpeming and Negaunee. 


GLRC began renovations in January of 2023, as they simultaneously looked at securing funding for this multi-million dollar project.  Early conversations with the West End Health Foundation, resulted in an unprecedented $300,000 pledge to be paid out over five years.  Continued conversations with the State of Michigan secured $2.8 million from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, under the leadership of Director Elizabeth Hertel.  GLRC continues to work with local and state funders for the remainder of funds needed to complete this project. 


Once fully renovated, the John Kivela Center will house a residential treatment facility for women with substance use disorder issues, including detoxification services, and their children, Sue B’s House, a recovery house for women and their children, Negaunee Integrated Care Clinic, providing outpatient mental and physical health services, and Child & Adolescent Specialty Services, including psychiatric care, mental health and substance use disorder outpatient counseling, and neurodevelopmental trauma assessments.