San Joaquin Board of Supervisors Rejects Plan To Move American Indian Treatment Center to French Camp
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday rejected a proposal by representatives of the Three Rivers Indian Lodge near Manteca to move its drug and alcohol treatment center to 140 acres of farmland in French Camp, the Stockton Record reports. The lodge had planned to build a 50-bed facility to treat people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, a health clinic and office space. According to the Record, representatives for the lodge had planned to offer substance abuse treatment on a working farm in an attempt to teach agricultural skills to American Indians in recovery programs. However, opponents, including French Camp residents and the Farm Bureau, said the treatment center would be "out of place in a rural setting," the Record reports. In addition, board members said they were concerned about a brochure distributed throughout the county indicating that the lodge also would like to create an outpatient clinic, a youth center and a dental clinic on the land. None of those facilities was included on the application filed with the county planning department. Representatives of the lodge said they will find an alternate location for the new facilities. "We're going to do this. We just don't know where yet," Ramona Valdez, executive director of the lodge, said (Firpo, Stockton Record, 9/24).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.