How to Find Detox in Minnesota

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Every state in the U.S. has experienced the effects of drug addiction, and the opioid epidemic continues to grow each year. Minnesota has a drug overdose mortality rate of 10.8 per 100,000 people. This rate equals 310 people per 100,000 that died due to a drug overdose in 2018. [1] Minnesota’s substance abuse mortality rate is lower than the national rate of 20.7 per 100,000. [2]

To reduce this ongoing trend, the American Addiction Centers are committed to helping Minnesota citizens find affordable and effective substance abuse treatment.

Below you find comprehensive information on treatment program options available in Minnesota and valuable information on accredited programs and facilities, and the types of payment options available for substance abuse addiction treatment. Together, we can help Minnasotaina defeat drug addiction.

Types of Rehab Available in Minnesota

Successful drug rehabilitation is a two-step process. The first step is detoxification. The procedure removes the addictive substances from the patient’s body. Detoxification must be completed before the patient moves into the second part of rehab.

The detox process is very stressful for the patient and, in some instances, painful. When the patient goes through withdrawal, the body often experiences physiological effects. [3] To make the process less stressful, rehabilitation facilities will administer a medically supervised detox. A medical detox reduces some of the stress and pain of the detoxification process. After the successful completion of detoxification, the patient receives counseling in inpatient or outpatient care.

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In outpatient and inpatient care, the patient received counseling and support. Patients who opt for inpatient care live at the facility and have access to medical staff 24/7. With outpatient care, the patient resides at home but reports to the facility for counseling and therapy. For patients who can not get time off from work or have young children at home, outpatient care is a flexible option. No matter what type you choose, counseling therapy offered at both facilities address the social, behavioral, and psychological issues related to substance addiction. [4]

Below you will find the number of treatment facilities in Minnesota that offer each level of care:

Type of Care, by number and percent
No. %
Outpatient 286 75.66%
Regular 258 68.25%
Intensive 223 58.99%
Day Treatment/Partial Hospitalization 50 13.23%
Detoxification 7 1.85%
Methadone/buprenorphine maintenance or naltrexone treatment 47 12.43%
Residential (non-hospital) 132 34.92%
Short Term 68 17.99%
Long Term 107 28.31%
Detoxification 17 4.50%
Hospital Inpatient 4 1.06%
Treatment 3 0.79%
Detoxification 3 0.79%
Total 378 100.00%

Paying for Addiction Treatment in Minnesota

Most patients use private or state-funded health insurance to pay for substance abuse treatment. For those without health insurance, substance abuse treatment may seem like it’s unattainable. The main reason many people choose to pass up treatment is due to the inability to pay.[5] This reason is understandable—substance abuse treatment is expensive. The average cost for treatment can range from $3,000 to $10,000 for 90 days for outpatient care, and inpatient care ranges from $5,000 to $20,000 for 30 days. [6]

The type of payment each facility accepts depends on whether it’s private or state-funded. Patients with employer-based health insurance or financial security typically choose private facilities due to the array of amenities, lower staff-to-patient ratios, and diverse treatment options. State-funded facilities are the best option for lower-income patients to receive accredited treatment.

However, these facilities offer limited amenities and larger staff-to-patient ratios. Because state-funded facilities operate on limited government funding, they can have long waitlists, and space is subject to availability.

Qualified patients with low income can get payment assistance for substance abuse treatment through their local county office. With help from federal, state, and county governments funding, Minnesotans with low income can get the treatment they need from the Consolidated Chemical Dependency Treatment Fund.[13] In addition to the grant, Minnesota expanded Medicaid coverage with the Affordable Care Act. This expansion allowed more people to qualify for state-funded health insurance [14].

In addition to expanding Medicaid, the state supports MinnesotaCare (MNCare) for residents with incomes above 138 percent of poverty, up to 200 percent of poverty. The program pays for various services like doctor visits, prescriptions, hospital stays, and substance use disorder services. [15]

State-Funded Rehab & Private Rehab in Minnesota

Rehabilitation facilities are either state-funded or private. Both facilities provide accredited care. However, patients with health insurance will find more amenities and personalized care at a private facility. Additionally, many private insurance companies cover most of the cost of treatment.[7]

Uninsured patients have limited options; however, they can still find accredited treatment in state-funded facilities. These facilities provide low-cost treatment, and sometimes free, for substance abuse. To receive treatment in these facilities, the patient must first qualify based on the addiction’s income and severity. Due to limited funding, state-funded facilities often have waiting lists. State-funded facilities are dependent on funding from Medicaid or other government grants [8].

Below, you will find the number of Minnesota facilities by private non-profit, private for-profit, locally funded, state-funded, or federally funded.

Facility Operation, by number and percent
No. %
Private Non-Profit 163 43.12%
Private for Profit 170 44.97%
Local, county, or community government 5 1.32%
State government 6 1.59%
Federal Government 2 0.53%
Tribal Government 32 8.47%
Total 378 100.00%

Regardless of your current health insurance status, there are many substance abuse treatment options in Minnesota.

Ways to Pay for Rehab in Minnesota

There are 378 substance abuse treatment facilities in Minnesota, and 151 of them accept private insurance. Many clinics also offer alternative payment options. At least 345 clinics accept state-financed health insurance, and 112 accept federal military insurance plans.

The uninsured rate in Minnesota is 4.4 percent, which is significantly below the national uninsurance rate. [10] Many treatment centers in Minnesota are willing to help you meet the expense of substance abuse care in their facility for those without health insurance.

Below are the typical payment methods used and how many Minnesota facilities accept each payment type.

Facility Payment Options, by Number and percent
No. %
Cash or self-payment 349 92.33%
Private Health Insurance 345 91.27%
Medicare 100 26.46%
Medicaid 215 56.88%
State-financed Health insurance 344 91.01%
Federal military insurance 112 29.63%
No payment accepted (free treatment for all clients) 2 0.53%
IHS/Tribal/Union (ITU) funds 142 37.57%
Other payments 0 0.00%
Sliding fee scale 112 29.63%
Treatment at no charge or minimal payment for clients who can’t pay 89 23.54%
Total 378 100.00%

About 91.3 percent of Minnesota treatment centers accept private insurance, 26.5 percent accept Medicare, and 56.9 percent accept Medicaid payments. For clients with lower income, 29.6 percent of the facilities use a sliding fee scale based on income, and 23.5 percent provide treatment at no charge or a minimal amount.

Treatment Center Accreditations in Minnesota

Accreditation is just as important as insurance acceptance in a facility. An accreditation treatment center means that the facility and staff employ researched-based methods and use nationally recognized addiction medicine standards.

Fortunately, several governing bodies regulate accreditation for the treatment facilities and providers. The Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment of 2018 (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act standardizes how treatment and care are administered to patients. Any facility accredited through SUPPORT offers nationally recognized guidelines that ensure that patients receive quality and uniform behavioral health care. [11]

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is another source that will assist you in finding an accredited facility or practitioner. The Joint Commission Accreditation for Addiction Treatment Providers (Joint Commission) is another option that can also help you locate accredited providers. [12]

Below is a list of the typical accreditation types or licenses to help you understand the number of accredited facilities and how common they are.

Facility Licensing, Certification, or Accreditation, by number and percent
No. %
Any listed agency/organization 363 96.03%
State substance abuse agency 314 83.33%
State mental health department 102 26.98%
State department of health 255 67.46%
Hospital licensing authority 13 3.44%
The Joint Commission 53 14.02%
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) 50 13.23%
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 7 1.85%
Council on Accreditation (COA) 4 1.06%
Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) 3 0.79%
Other national organization or federal, state or local agency 23 6.08%
Total 378 100.00%

Many facilities in Minnesota have accredited providers. Over 96 percent of all facilities have some accreditation, and 83.3 percent are accredited state substance abuse agencies.