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The John Kivela Center

The John Kivela Center — a regional behavioral health campus

On March 3, 2022 the ownership of the former Teal Lake Medical Clinic was transitioned to Great Lakes Recovery Centers in the spirit of strengthening community-based recovery and behavioral health care. The 33,000 sq. ft. building was previously owned by UP Health Systems – Bell and sits on approximately three acres of land. The facility is conveniently located just off of U.S. 41 in Negaunee, adjacent to GLRC’s Adolescent Services Center. Together, the two buildings sit on 32 acres of land and will allow for a full campus model of care. 

To meet the growing needs of our communities, GLRC will relocate the women’s residential treatment program, including social detox, to the new Teal Lake location, thereby expanding residential capacity in the region. A recovery house will also be located on the campus, allowing women to continue their life of sobriety after residential treatment. Children will be able to stay with their mothers in both the residential treatment program and recovery house, with on-site specialized childcare while the mothers are in treatment. 

GLRC's integrated medical care services began operating out of the Teal Lake facility in the spring of 2022. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services, along with both mental health and substance abuse outpatient counseling for all ages, were brought to the Teal Lake facility shortly after that. GLRC's Access Center is currently located at the facility, serving as the first point of contact to individuals seeking any of GLRC services. This campus model will allow clients to benefit from increased integrated care opportunities as services will be accessed in one location.

The Teal Lake facility will be renamed the John Kivela Center in memory of former State Representative John Kivela who passed away in 2017. John had a passion for serving the people of the U.P. and his legacy will live on in the new facility. 

GLRC Completes Renovations on John Kivela Center, Holds Open House

Renovations are now complete as the former Teal Lake Medical Center in Negaunee is transformed into the new behavioral health campus, the John Kivela Center. The 33,000 square-foot facility will provide a women’s residential treatment program, a recovery house and more.


On Thursday, August 31 GLRC held its ribbon cutting ceremony and open house event for the facility. The event was attended by numerous guests include government officials and community members all in support of the new addition. 


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John Kivela Center Update Blog

August 8, 2023 Update

On August 8, Sen. Debbie Stabenow toured GLRC’s site for the upcoming John Kivela Center, the newest behavioral health campus, […]

July 28, 2023 Update

Additional renovation and construction to interior residence spaces, offices and hallways. Furnishings are being added to residential spaces.

July 20, 2023 Update

Siding has been added to the exterior of the building and additional renovation in the interior rooms and offices.

June 22, 2023 Update

Renovations continue and space is made for the upcoming residential facility and offices.

April 27, 2023 Update

West End Health Foundation has pledged $300,000 over a 5-year period for the development of the behavioral health campus. GLRC […]