The first step to seeking treatment is to schedule a chemical health assessment.  All Minnesota counties and tribes are mandated to provide Rule 25 assessments, and assessments are conducted in the person’s county or tribe of residence.  Those who meet both clinical and financial requirements are eligible to have treatment paid for.  For more information about Rule 25, click here.

What is involved?

If the individual has medical assistance, they will need to contact their county or tribe of residence for an assessment.  If the individual has private insurance or a prepaid medical plan through the state of Minnesota (PMAP), contact the telephone number on the back of their insurance card for a referral.  Many counties contract with insurance companies.  Normally there is no charge for an assessment if it is done with a network approved provider. To access Rule 25 referral phone numbers by county or tribe, click here.

The chemical health professional will complete and evaluation with the individual regarding their chemical use, history, behaviors, and  the impact of chemical use.  This information will be used to recommend treatment options that would best serve the individual.

Types of Treatment Programs

There are many types of treatment programs. Each type can vary by the policy and expectations around it as well as the population that it tends to serve.  Different programs are designed to meet different levels of need around structure, level of motivation to change, home and family needs and time in recovery.

  1. Inpatient programs are residential in nature and are very structured.  They offer 30 hours of programming per week with individual counseling and case management.  Average length of stay is 21 to 30 days.
  2. Outpatient programs are non-residential.  Most individuals are working, in school, have families or have other obligations.  Average length of programming is 80 to 150 hours.
  3. Support Groups are varied and can be facilitated by professionals to members.  All report not using while at group.  See chemical health resources for support group offerings.