How It all Started
- Youth movement of the 1960's, creation of peer based assistance organizations.
- March, 1971 - North Country Salt organized in Traverse City. They proposed development for a crisis center that would meet emotional and physical needs of young people experimenting with drugs.
- Center would provide 24 hour crisis prevention, problem solving services, disperse drug use information, and advocate enlightened procedure for dealing with drug and emotional problems.
- North Country Salt sought to create a non-judgmental environment "one where the young people were involved in all decision making, and one that provided support for young people looking for ways to turn on to life."
- Nov. 1971 - Incorporated as the Northwest Michigan Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
- "Third Level" was coined for the center - referring to the highest level of communication for a person in need. At this level a helper identifies the person's feelings, links them to a source, and identifies underlying currents and emotions.
- 1976 - name officially changed to Third Level Crisis Intervention Center, Inc.