The former Nez Perce Recovery and Resource Center, Lewiston's nonprofit addiction rehabilitation advocacy center, has been redubbed "First Step 4 Life." The name change follows a month of public polling, said the center's board secretary, Tammy Lisch-Watson.
The renaming is intended to clarify that the center serves clients beyond Nez Perce County. The volunteer-run center was created with Legislature-approved Millennium Fund money about a year ago and serves clients from Asotin, Clearwater, Nez Perce and Lewis counties.
Lisch-Watson said the center recently was granted Idaho's Response to the Opioid Crisis grant as well as $10,00 from Nez Perce County to keep the center open. Along with the name change, Lisch-Watson is hoping to rebrand the center with a banner to hang out front of its location at 838 Main St. She encourages anyone interested in addiction issues of any kind, or those with mental illness or co-occurring disorders, to reach out to the nonprofit. She said there are regular monthly calendars with meetings scheduled.
"We've started a new medically assisted treatment and we will be starting a co-occurring support group, which we think is pretty important," she said.