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Minnesota Deaf Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD) Treatment Program

Continued Services for DHH Community

8/28/2020 10:50:43 AM

ASL version

If you are DeafBlind or prefer to watch the video in a slow-paced, high contrast format, watch the DeafBlind friendly ASL version instead.

English version

As of February 10, 2020, the Minnesota Deaf Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Program is integrated with the Lodging Plus Program at M Health Fairview. This program is 28 days long and serves DHH people who need residential treatment. ASL interpreting services will be provided for 30 hours a week. During the weekday, evenings, and on weekends, there will be at least one Deaf Drug Unit Assistant providing outside sober activities and taking DHH clients to 12-step meetings. A Deaf counselor will work up to 8 hours a week assisting DHH clients as needed. This program offers individual and group therapy, lectures, workshops, skills groups, recreational activities, spiritual care groups, yoga, acupuncture, interpreted 12-step meetings, comprehensive assessment services and aftercare planning. We would like to see more referrals to increase enrollment and demonstrate the need for this program. If we have a larger number of DHH clients in treatment, that will increase our grant opportunities with the ultimate goal to have the specialized DDBHH SUD Treatment Program open again. Treatment for DHH at M Health Fairview in Lodging Plus accepts private insurance, and Medicaid and consolidated funding so if you have any of those, your treatment is paid for you. If you have Medicare, 80% of the treatment is covered by Medicare and 20% through Medicaid or private insurance.

Referral Process and General Information

To learn more about the referral process and for general information go to the Minnesota Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program website.

For general referral information, please call central intake at 1-800-468-3120 (V) / 612-672-2736 (V) or 651-964-1427 (VP) or 612-273-4461 (Fax).

If you need to get assistance with the referral process, or have additional questions, please email Jaime Purves at

For any other general questions, please feel free to contact Deb Guthmann at


The Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing thanks:

The Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens (MADC) and advocates for their work on this topic.

Sarah Houge for ASL talent.

Patty McCutcheon for voiceover.

Keystone Interpreting Solutions for film production.

Many thanks to the community advocates for their work including Deb Guthmann, Phillip Steinbruckner, Kelsey Dahl, Alicia Lane-Outlaw, Herman Fuechtmann, Family Tree Clnic, including Bethany Gehman and Ryder Aster, and many others. 

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