Function & Services
The Chemical Health Unit of Chisago County human services assists Chisago County residents with accessing assessment and treatment services. Services are available on the basis of need and eligibility.
Staff will guide clients to assessment and treatment facilities licensed by the State of Minnesota, based on eligibility guidelines for public funding. The Chemical Health Unit does not provide any type of intervention services.
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call our toll free Crisis Hotline at 1-800-523-3333.
If there is a life threatening emergency, call 911.
Substance Use Disorder or Comprehensive Assessment
As of July 1, 2022, Rule 25 is no longer the process to receive funding and access to substance use disorder services. Direct Access now allows an individual to seek a comprehensive assessment and access substance use disorder care by going directly to a provider of their choice for an assessment and treatment.
Obtaining an assessment
The first step in getting help is to obtain a chemical health assessment by a licensed professional.
The type of insurance coverage you have usually determines where you go for an assessment.
If you have insurance (with the exception of Medicare) you will obtain an assessment from an agency that accepts your insurance. Local agencies that perform assessments and accept most major insurances include:
Canvas Health - Phone: 651-777-5222
Teen Focus - Phone: 320-358-4065
If you have Medicare only or don't have any insurance, contact your county of residence to either obtain an assessment through them, or to obtain an assessment at the provider of your choice.
Assessment and Next Steps Following Assessment
The professional completing your assessment will meet with you for an interview to review the impact of substance use on your functioning and relationships. Based on that interview, the assessor will make a recommendation for you. Recommendations can include education classes, MADD panels, AA/NA meetings, outpatient treatment, or inpatient treatment. You may be recommended to participate in treatment coordination services as an additional support provided by Chisago County or your treatment provider.
Treatment coordination services include:
- assistance in coordination with:
- significant others to help in the treatment planning process whenever possible;
- and follow up for medical services as identified in the treatment plan;
- facilitation of referrals to:
- substance use disorder services as indicated by a client's medical provider, comprehensive assessment or treatment plan;
- mental health services as identified by a client's comprehensive assessment or treatment plan;
- assistance with referrals to economic assistance, social services, housing resources, and prenatal care according to the client's needs;
- life skills advocacy and support accessing treatment follow-up, disease management and education services, including referral and linkages to long-term services and supports as needed.
- Who can apply for services?
- With whom will my information be shared?
- If I have insurance, will I qualify for Behavioral Health Funds?
- Can I get a Substance Use Disorder or Comprehensive Assessment the same day I call?
- If a Substance Use Disorder or Comprehensive Assessment is court ordered, will I be seen faster?
- Where can I go for treatment?
- How will I pay for treatment?
- I think my loved one has a problem - What can I do?
- I still have questions - Who do I contact?
- What other Resources are available?