The next meeting was held in Merritt and was attended by 31 people. At this meeting, the Interior Native Alcohol Abuse Society was formed and supported by all 41 Bands from the five tribal areas.
In 1978, a proposal for funding was submitted to and accepted by both the Provincial and Federal Governments. Costs were shared by both Governments, and the program presently received operations funding from the Province of B.C. – Ministry of Health, Alcohol and Drug Programs, and from the Federal Government – NNADAP.
Acting upon a suggestion from Emery Louis, the sacred land at Round Lake was finally chosen as the best possible site for the Centre. The Centre was originally comprised of three wood frame cabins, three double wide trailer units and one pump house. Round Lake was officially opened on May 25, 1979 and received its first 12 clients on June 11, 1979.