Substance use

What is substance use disorder?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual defines “substance use disorder” as the use of alcohol and/or drugs causing clinically and functionally significant impairment, such as health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school or home.

Contact MNPrairie’s substance use intake to inquire about setting up a comprehensive assessment and /or treatment coordination services, or for any other questions you may have if you are a Dodge, Steele, or Waseca County resident.

Substance Use (SU) services are available to MNPrairie county residents who have concerns about their substance use and meet the eligibility guidelines, or have been referred by the court for services.

Assessment services can be obtained within the MNPrairie offices and also from a variety of healthcare and licensed substance use treatment providers.

Services Include:

  • Comprehensive Assessments
  • Detoxification/Withdrawal Management
  • Treatment Coordination
  • Referral for Rule 31 substance use treatment programs for residential and non-residential treatment services, supportive housing, treatment coordination, and drug courts.

If you choose to go to a provider directly for care and have insurance you can choose from the resources on the following website;

MN DHS Treatment Services

Substance Use Assessment

Comprehensive Assessment

Substance use assessments are completed for people that would otherwise have no means to pay for substance use treatment.  Eligible individuals also meet income guidelines or are on Medicaid fee-for-service programs.

SUD Reform

From July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2022, the State of Minnesota will be reforming the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment system. Changes include moving away from the current “Rule 25 Assessment” to a “Direct Access” approach for obtaining services. The direct access approach will allow individuals to go directly to a treatment provider to receive a comprehensive assessment and initiate treatment services. MNPrairie’s Substance Use Disorder services will be going through several changes as a result of the reform. 

Please continue to re-visit this page or the State of Minnesota’s Department of Human Services ADAD webpage for additional changes to services available for substance use disorders.  You can check out the changes and history of the SUD reform here.

SUD Reform changes will focus on a person-centered approach to proving the right level of service at the right time in treating chemical use disorders like other chronic health conditions. Minnesota Department of Human Services has received federal approval to include additional treatment services for individuals who meet the financial eligibility guidelines for Medicaid benefits.  These services include comprehensive assessments, peer support services, withdrawal management, and treatment coordination.

As of 7/1/2022 The State of Minnesota no longer conducts the Rule 25 Assessment at any level and has moved to the Direct Access model via a Comprehensive Assessment to gain access to treatment services.  Please contact the Substance Use Intake line below to make a referral for Substance Use Services

Other resources

Behavioral Health Eligibility

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

MN Department of Health Opioid Dashboard

Farm Town Strong

Rural Aids Action Network (RAAN)

Options for Opioid Treatment in Minnesota and Overdose Prevention