CHEMICAL &
BEHAVIORAL
HEALTH SERVICES

Missions Inc. provides housing and supportive services to men and women experiencing addiction and chronic chemical dependency, and withdrawal management to men, women and adolescents over the age of 13 who are experiencing intoxication and/or withdrawal. Services are provided to eligible residents and clients regardless of ability to pay. With the disease of addiction, there exists a physical and/or psychological addiction to a mood altering chemical which, when removed, results in withdrawal symptoms—that can be life threatening—and an obsession with obtaining more of the substance.

Chemical dependency interrupts a person’s ability to function on a day to day basis and makes them more susceptible to other physical ailments such as infections, anemia, diseases of the liver, heart, brain and organs, and to cancer, particularly of the liver and throat.

Fortunately, Chemical Dependency is a treatable disease if symptoms are identified and the addicted person seeks help. Successful recovery depends on abstinence and the development of a healthy approach to life’s problems. Even though chemically dependent people generally have a relapse rate of over 50%, many people achieve long periods of sobriety sufficient to maintain jobs, families, and health.



HISTORY


Chemical Dependency has grown to be one of the number one problems in the United States according to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. At the time of our founding as Union City Mission in 1895, ministering to men who were experiencing addiction included offering a warm place to stay, a bowl of soup and a sermon. Alcoholics used to be seen by society as people who lacked the will to stop drinking, and even after the establishment of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935, it wasn’t until three decades later that the federal government recognized addiction as a disease.

In the 1940s, Missions Inc, then known as Union City Mission, opened the first chemical dependency treatment program in Minnesota and was instrumental in creating what has become known as the Minnesota Model for Chemical Dependency Treatment, which continues to be used in treatment centers worldwide.


Judy Retterath Withdrawal Management Center


Judy Retterath Withdrawal Management Center (formerly Mission Detox Center), founded in 1978, provides medically monitored detoxification services to men, women and adolescents ages 13 and older who are intoxicated or in withdrawal due to consumption of alcohol or other drugs. The primary goal is to provide a safe environment to facilitate uncomplicated detoxification and withdrawal, and assessment and referral in a timely and cost effective manner. Services include:

  • Medically monitored detoxification
  • Rule 25 access
  • Onsite physician visits
  • Assessment
  • Counseling
  • Nutritional Services
  • Chemical health education services
  • AA/NA groups
  • Discharge planning
  • Referral

Admission to Withdrawal Management is frequently the first professional intervention in a destructive pattern of chemical use, and a difficult point in any chemically dependent person’s journey. Each client is welcomed with respect and provided professional and compassionate care by the staff of nurses, counselors and trained technicians.

Access to Withdrawal Management by Hennepin County residents is generally on a first come first serve basis. Retterath Center also admits clients from Anoka, Carver, Scott, Chisago, and other counties. Please call for more specific information.

For more information or if you or someone you know is in need of withdrawal management services, please contact Judy Retterath Center at 763.559.1402

RETTERATH CENTER QUICK FACTS

Services Provided: Inpatient medically monitored detoxification and withdrawal management

Population Served: Men, women and adolescents over age 13; need for services must originate in the following counties: Hennepin, Anoka, Scott, Carver, Chisago, Isanti, McLeod, Mille Lacs, or Sherburne. There are no limits as to county of origin for clients who utilize private insurance or are self-pay

How to Access Services: Call Retterath Center at 763.559.1402

Capacity: 21 beds

Length of Stay: Length of stay is generally 2-3 days; clients must be medically stable before discharge

Cost: Retterath Center accepts private pay (daily rate is $292) and insurance; for clients who meet financial eligibility requirements, all services are billed to the County and are free of cost



HART HOUSE


The Meredith Hart House is a transitional housing program designed for women in recovery from chemical dependency. Located in St. Paul and founded in 2001, Hart House offers a self-directed program tailored to meet each woman’s needs. The average length of stay is five months but ranges from a few weeks, to up to a year or longer. Hart House provides a wide range of services including goal planning, counseling, information and referral, weekly groups and recreational activities, and advocacy with social service systems.

Women come to Hart House by many different paths, arriving from treatment centers, hospitals, shelters or tenuous housing situations. Hart House is funded through state Housing Support per-diems (formerly Group Residential Housing), and there are some eligibility requirements for admission. Prospective residents will need to get a Professional Statement of Need completed by a qualified professional such as a treatment director, an alcohol and drug counselor supervisor, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC), or licensed physician.

For more information about eligibility requirements, please contact Hart House at 651.227.0638.


HART HOUSE QUICK FACTS

Services Provided: Transitional housing for women in recovery

Population Served: Women

How to Access Services: Call Hart House at 651.227.0638; some eligibility requirements apply

Capacity: 24 beds

Length of Stay: Length of stay varies from three months to two years; average length of stay is six months

Cost: Hart House is funded through State of Minnesota Housing Support per-diems, clients must meet financial eligibility requirements to receive this per-diem; Clients with income may be required to pay a portion of their room and board, the amount of which varies depending upon income



MISSION LODGE


Mission Lodge provides supportive housing in a residential program designed to meet the needs of up to 86 men and women who are chronically chemically dependent, most of whom would otherwise be homeless. The program provides a structured, sober environment with options that support residents in achieving extended periods of sobriety that they may not have experienced for many years. The average length of stay is over 100 days, but ranges from a week or two to a year or two—and longer. As residents work toward achieving their goals, they are provided assistance in building the support systems that are essential to achieve and sustain independent living.

Mission Lodge is funded through state Housing Support per-diems (formerly Group Residential Housing), and there are some eligibility requirements for admission, including evidence of chronic chemical dependency such as multiple treatment or detoxification admissions. Prospective residents will need to get a Professional Statement of Need completed by a qualified professional such as a treatment director, an alcohol and drug counselor supervisor, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC), or licensed physician.

For more information about eligibility requirements, please contact Mission Lodge at 763.559.4249

MISSION LODGE QUICK FACTS

Services Provided: Transitional Housing for men and women in recovery from chronic chemical dependency

Population Served: Men and women

How to Access Services: Call Mission Lodge at 763.559.4249; some eligibility requirements apply

Capacity: 86 beds

Length of Stay: Length of stay varies from a few weeks to a few years or longer, the average length of stay is five months

Cost: Mission Lodge is funded through State of Minnesota Housing Support per-diems, clients must meet financial eligibility requirements to receive this per-diem; Clients with income may be required to pay a portion of their room and board, the amount of which varies depending upon income



SMITH LODGE


Smith Lodge is a place where men and women struggling with homelessness and chronic addiction find the time and support needed to break the destructive cycles in their lives. By offering a sober environment, access to resources, information, counseling and advocacy, the program makes it possible for residents to transition from a life of long-term homelessness and addiction to a life of stability and independence. The goal for every Smith Lodge resident is to ensure that when they leave Smith Lodge, they leave with the resources, tools, and support necessary to maintain their sobriety and independence.

The program has space for 20 residents, and the average length of stay is eight months, but stays can range from a few weeks to a few years. Smith Lodge is funded through state Housing Support per-diems (formerly Group Residential Housing), and there are some eligibility requirements for admission, including evidence of chronic chemical dependency such as multiple treatment or detoxification admissions. Prospective residents will need to get a Professional Statement of Need completed by a qualified professional such as a treatment director, an alcohol and drug counselor supervisor, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC), or licensed physician.

For more information about eligibility requirements, please contact Smith Lodge at 763.559.4249.


SMITH LODGE QUICK FACTS

Services Provided: Transitional Housing for men and women in recovery from chronic chemical dependency

Population Served: Men and women

How to Access Services: Call Smith Lodge at 763.550.9802; some eligibility requirements apply

Capacity: 20 beds

Length of Stay: Length of stay varies from three months to two years; the average length of stay eight months

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