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VALPARAISO | The group working to bring a Pathway Family Center teen drug treatment program to Porter County is inviting the public to meet Pathway officials, their young clients and the clients' parents.

The Community Action Drug Coalition's forum is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Porter County Administration Center, 155 Indiana Ave., Room 205, in Valparaiso.

"Pathway is going to make a presentation of their treatment system and make themselves available to the public," said Dr. Mann Spitler, one of the organizers of the forum. "The goal of the forum is to inform and educate the public about Pathway."

Spitler, whose 20-year-old daughter, Manda, died of a heroin overdose five years ago, said he and the drug coalition remain firmly in support of bringing an adolescent drug treatment facility to Porter County.

The drug coalition in August pledged the $100,000 it has raised during the past five years to fund start-up costs for the adolescent drug treatment program. The goal is to open in late summer.

Pathway, a nonprofit organization, operates on a sliding scale of fees, charging from $30,000 to $60,000 for a year in the program. Spitler and Porter County Drug Task Force Coordinator Robert Taylor cite success stories from local families who have been through the Pathway program as the origin of their interest in bringing it to Valparaiso.

Spitler is encouraging the public and government officials to attend Tuesday's forum.

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