Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services

Direct Access

Direct Access allows individuals the ability to go directly to the provider of their choice for a comprehensive assessment.  The provider will then determine if the individual can schedule to have a comprehensive assessment completed or if there is additional information needed in order for this to occur.  The treatment provider will coordinate with the county to process the additional information.  The individual seeking services will need to provide proof of income and residency if they do not have medical assistance.  The thought behind this change is that individuals will obtain treatment more quickly.

During this time, the county will refer everyone to Direct Access unless the client chooses the traditional Rule 25 route.    

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Applying for Services

If you have Medical Assistance or other health insurance, you can go directly to a provider to access services.  If you do not have an health coverage, an application for services will need to be completed and can be done in one of three ways:

1.  You can choose a provider and they can assist with the application process.


2.  You can visit our office during our business hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. If you would like assistance with completing the application, please come in between the hours of 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.  OR

2.  Download, complete, and submit the packet.  Fax it to us at 507-437-9721, email to or drop it off at our office. In addition to your application, be sure to send the verifications/documentations requested.


What happens once you have my application?

Once we receive the application it will be reviewed for eligibility and if approved, the individual will be given a notice of authorization along with a list of Providers. They can call the provider of their choice to set up an appointment for an assessment.