Substance Abuse Services


The county or tribal agency determines the recipient's need for treatment by conducting a comprehensive assessment and determines whether the recipient is eligible to have their treatment paid for using public funds.

In the State of Minnesota, substance use disorder treatment is funded for state residents who don't have insurance coverage and have significant income limitations. This fund is called the Behavioral Health Fund (BHF). Eligibility and authorization for funding of treatment is handled by the resident's county social services organization, tribal government, or their managed care plan.

What is a Comprehensive Assessment?

A Comprehensive Assessment addresses an individual's unique needs and includes an interview with a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor to review a person's substance use and its impact on their daily life and relationships.  The assessment may also include: a diagnostic test (review of medical, legal, mental health and treatment records); physical screening; assessment of need for detox services; interviews with other people in the person's life.


The county can assist people with Comprehensive Assessments and treatment when the following conditions are met:

  • Are a current county resident.
  • Meet the Minnesota State guidelines for income and household size.
  • There is a need for substance use disorder assessment and/or treatment.
  • There are no open benefits in another state.


Substance use disorder services are provided by our agency or by other community providers. These services may include the following:

  • Comprehensive Assessment 245G
  • Behavioral Health Fund for eligible persons to receive substance use disorder (SUD) services -  BHF
  • Detoxification
  • Case Management and Treatment Coordination 245G.07
  • Information and Referral to local services providers
  • Prepetition Screening / Civil Commitment
  • Transportation to Treatment for Eligible Persons