Chemical Dependency


Chemical dependency is a physical and/or psychological addiction characterized by the compulsive use of mood altering drugs. Mood altering drugs include marijuana, sedatives, hallucinogens, opiates, alcohol, and narcotics, and cause individuals to continue their using behavior while expecting a different outcome after each use. The result of this compulsive use can mean legal difficulties, loss of employment, family dysfunction, and medical / health complications.

Eligibility Process for Chemical Dependency Services

Funding for individuals seeking chemical dependency services is available through the Consolidated Chemical Dependency Treatment Fund. Services are available on the basis of need and eligibility. Eligibility for this funding is determined by income and family size.

An individual can access these funds by contacting Nicollet County Human Services intake worker and requesting a Rule 25 Chemical Use Assessment. The Rule 25 Assessment will determine an individual's level of chemical dependency and recommend an appropriate level of care.

Individuals who are on Minnesota Care may access a Rule 25 Assessment and treatment service by calling the number on the back of their insurance card. Possible referral services include education, out-patient treatment, in-patient treatment, halfway house, sober housing, and group residential housing. Chemical Use Assessments are available to both voluntary and court-ordered individuals. If you would like further information please contact Nicollet County Human Services.