Providing life-saving hope, healing, and recovery to create stronger families and healthier communities.
The Jackie Nitschke Center has been serving adults and families facing the struggles of substance addiction and mental health challenges since 1973. Our mission is to provide life-saving hope, healing, and recovery to create stronger families and healthier communities. Our evidence-based education and treatment includes residential and outpatient programming with a focus on family involvement and continuing care. Please visit our services page to learn more about our treatment and programming.
The Jackie Nitschke Center traces its roots to March 1971 when a group of volunteers met to discuss starting a halfway house for alcoholics. In June 1973, The Samaritan House was opened fostering a sober, structured living environment for men following treatment.
In 1977, Belva House, the first female halfway house, was opened. The Samaritan House and Belva House united in 1981 and relocated to 630 Cherry St. in Green Bay. It was in 1995 that the mission of The Samaritan House transitioned from a halfway house to a substance abuse treatment facility, becoming the first and only residential treatment center in Brown County.
In 1997, the facility was renamed The Jackie Nitschke Center, Inc. to honor Jackie Nitschke, the late wife of Green Bay Packers great, Ray Nitschke. Jackie was a recovering alcoholic and an outspoken advocate in the recovery community. She openly shared her journey with others, teaching that the disease of addiction does not discriminate.
For many, drug and alcohol addictions go hand in hand with mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety. In 2018, we became certified to treat both; substance addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. This gave treatment access to many individuals in our community, who would otherwise have to be turned away. The Jackie Nitschke Center is the ONLY adult residential treatment center for substance addiction in Brown county and one of only a few in the state that treat co-occurring mental health disorders.
Substance Abuse Counselor
LPC-IT-Substance Abuse Counselor, Social Media Coordinator
Substance Abuse Counselor, Family Program Coordinator
In 1997, the Jackie Nitschke Center was named after the late wife of Green Bay Packers great, Ray Nitschke. Jackie Nitschke was a recovering alcoholic and an outspoken advocate in the recovery community. She openly shared her journey with others, teaching our community that the disease of addiction crosses all income levels and families.