Treatment for chemical addiction

Chemical health services are available to Hennepin County residents who have problems with drug or alcohol abuse and meet income guidelines, or who have been referred by the court.

Services are available directly from a variety of health care and social services providers. Most programs are culturally diverse and offer different treatment models.

Services include:

  • Chemical use assessments
  • Detoxification
  • Referrals to Rule 31 chemical dependency treatment programs for high, medium, and low-intensity inpatient and outpatient treatment services, supportive housing, and case management
  • Other support services

Private insurance may not cover all or some chemical health services. Services may be paid for with public funding if the recipient is financially eligible. This includes minors, who almost always are eligible if they have private or no insurance.

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Addiction assessment

Rule 25 (Chemical Use) Assessment

Chemical Health (Rule 25) Assessments are completed for people who need help to pay for chemical health treatment. Eligible people also meet income guidelines, or are on Medicaid fee-for-service programs, on MinnesotaCare, or who are living on an Native American reservation. The assessment process is governed by state law.

A number of providers in the metro area provide Rule 25 Assessments. Though some sites target a certain population, all sites provide assessments to any individual.

Call 612-348-4111 to get a referral for an assessment if you are a Hennepin County resident, or if you are covered by Hennepin Health. You may also get information on some of the programs located in Hennepin County which perform assessments for other health plans.

For more information, and a complete listing of contacts for all counties, tribes, and healthcare plans, as well as treatment programs, follow the link below.

Minnesota Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division

Project CHILD

In Hennepin County, we want to help women have babies that are born healthy and chemical free.

Clients, concerned people, the courts, or child protection workers may refer pregnant women to Project CHILD (Chemical Health Intervention, Linkage, and Development), if the women are found to be using controlled substances, or using alcohol habitually or excessively.

Project CHILD began offering support and services in 1990 and has achieved positive outcomes for its clients. In the second quarter of 2013, all of the 18 mothers in the project had babies that were born chemical-free, and 15 of them were able to keep their babies. Some were referred to child protection because of past history but may be able to be reunified with their children later.

Services include assessment, referral, and case management. Clients may be seen in hospitals or clinics, or in their homes.

For information, contact Project CHILD at 612-879-3609.

Diversion and Recovery Team (DART)

DART provides case management, housing, and chemical dependency treatment for Hennepin County adults who are struggling with severe and chronic substance addictions. Case management and outpatient chemical health treatment programming are located at 1800 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis.

Referrals to DART may be made by medical and or behavioral health professionals from chemical dependency programs, hospitals, clinics, detox centers, and social services.

The program is operated by Hennepin County and the State of Minnesota.

Our target population

  • Homeless citizens
  • Frequent patients of detox centers, hospital emergency, and inpatient services
  • Those willing to attend chemical dependency treatment five days a week and live in group residential housing *
  • Those who have multiple previous chemical dependency program exposures
  • Those who are at risk of civil commitment

* Most clients attend the State Operated Services CARE Hennepin Outpatient Chemical Dependency Program Monday-Friday, and live at Mission Lodge in Plymouth. Mission Lodge is an independent group residential housing facility to which DART refers many clients.

Program objectives

  • Improve quality of life by supporting recovery
  • Promote proactive health care integration
  • Reduce number of chemical dependency commitments
  • Reduce number of detox and emergency room visits
  • Decrease homelessness
  • Decrease interaction with law enforcement

Services provided

  • Rule 31 outpatient treatment
  • Housing placement
  • Health care integration
  • Vocational services
  • Community based intensive case management
  • Transportation assistance and planning
  • Assistance with accessing and maintaining health care coverage and benefits

Practice model

DART provides a coordinated, comprehensive set of services to achieve successful outcomes for chronic chemically-dependent clients. Staffing for this program is provided by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department. The team is interdisciplinary and focuses on recovery with the objective of sustaining stable housing, developing employment opportunities, and building natural community supports.

Services provided are comprehensive, person-centered, and strength-based. They incorporate motivational interviewing, harm-reduction, and Individual Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT) techniques. The approach taken by the team is chronic disease management, as opposed to one that addresses only acute needs.

DART contact
Phone: 612-879-3677

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