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Direct Access

Direct Access allows an individual to go directly to a provider they choose to receive a comprehensive assessment and access care immediately. Direct Access removes barriers of timing associated with going through a placing authority, allows for individual choice, and removes duplication of comprehensive assessments.

News and Current Reminders


Below are side-by-side comparisons of SUD-related statutory language passed in the 2023 legislative session structured by chapter or topic.

Direct Access FAQs

Consult the Direct Access: Frequently Asked Questions page for information about issues such as (but not limited to) client choice, comprehensive assessments, counties and tribes, accessing treatment.



1115 Substance Use Disorder System Reform Demonstration

In November, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a letter to announce a new direction in how the federal government would like to work with states to improve access to high quality clinically appropriate treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) and other substance use disorders (SUDs) for Medicaid beneficiaries. Following this new direction, and under the authority of section 1115(a) of the Social Security Act, Minnesota has been approved to implement an 1115 Substance Use Disorder System Reform Demonstration.

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