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Withdrawal Management Programs / Detoxification Programs

Detoxification programs are licensed under Minnesota Rules, parts 9530.6510 to 9530.6590 (Rule 32) to provide short-term care on a 24-hour-a-day basis for the purpose of detoxifying clients, coordinating access to a substance use disorder assessment, and providing referrals for substance use disorder treatment.

Withdrawal management programs are licensed under Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 245F, which are similar to detoxification program requirements but contain higher medical service standards to assist with more acute withdrawal and contain additional program service requirements to encourage all patients to enter programs for ongoing recovery.  

A program may choose to be licensed as a detoxification program under Minnesota Rules, parts 9530.6510 to 9530.6590 (Rule 32) or as a withdrawal management program under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 245F.  A program may also choose to be licensed concurrently under both Rule 32 and 245F. 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

On March 13, 2020, Governor Tim Walz declared a peacetime emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Licensing is establishing this webpage to provide counties, tribes, providers and members of the public with information specific to responding to the COVID-19 as it relates to DHS programs.

Detoxification programs

Detoxification programs are licensed under Minnesota Rules, parts 9530.6510 to 9530.6590 (Rule 32) to provide short-term care on a 24-hour-a-day basis for the purpose of detoxifying clients, coordinating access to a substance use disorder assessment, and providing referrals for substance use disorder treatment. 

Withdrawal management programs

Withdrawal management programs are licensed under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 245F to provide short-term medical services on a 24-hour-a-day basis for the purpose of stabilizing intoxicated patients, managing their withdrawal, and facilitating access to substance use disorder treatment as indicated by a comprehensive assessment. 

Withdrawal management programs are required to provide a higher level of medical services and more program services than are required in detoxification programs.  

Withdrawal management programs may provide one or both of the two different levels of withdrawal management care.  The two levels of care are clinically managed and medically monitored.

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