201 1st Street NE, Suite 18
Austin, MN 55912
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services
Rule 25 is the traditional term for obtaining a county-funded Chemical Health Assessment. This assessment was the only way to access in-patient and out-patient treatment for those on straight medical assistance, those who do not have insurance or those whose employer- based insurance did not cover the entire cost of treatment.
The state is phasing out Rule 25 and implementing Direct Access. Rule 25 will be completed phased out in July 2022.
To ease in the transition the state is implementing what is called a “parallel process”. This allows individuals who are in need of treatment services to go directly to the provider of their choice and obtain a Comprehensive Assessment. This is referred to as 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.
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 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.