Substance Use Services

Chemical Use Assessments

Watonwan County Human Services provides chemical use assessments (Rule 25 assessments) to assess individuals for substance use disorders.  The assessment determines whether the individual is chemically dependent and provides recommendations for an appropriate level of treatment. 

Chemical use assessments are available to individuals who meet financial eligibility guidelines for treatment funding. This public funding source in Minnesota is known as The Behavioral Health Fund.  

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Reform

From July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2022, the State of Minnesota will be reforming the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment system. Changes include moving away from the current “Rule 25 Assessment” to a “Direct Access” approach for obtaining services. The direct access approach will allow individuals to go directly to a treatment provider to receive a comprehensive assessment and initiate treatment services. Watonwan County’s Substance Use Disorder services will be going through several changes as a result of the reform.  
Please continue to re-visit this page or the State of Minnesota’s Department of Human Services ADAD webpage for additional changes to services available for substance use disorders.
SUD Reform changes will focus on a person-centered approach to providing the right level of service at the right time in treating Substance use disorders like other chronic health conditions. Minnesota Department of Human Services has received federal approval to include additional treatment services for individuals who meet the financial eligibility guidelines for Medicaid benefits.  These services include comprehensive assessments, peer support services, withdrawal management, and treatment coordination.
During the SUD reform process, Watonwan County Human Services will continue to coordinate Rule 25 assessments for individuals who meet the eligibility requirements. Please see below for a listing of current providers:


Address: 305 9th St, Windom, MN 56101

Phone: (507) 832-8033

House of Hope

Address: 1429 3rd Ave, Mankato, MN 56001

Phone: (507) 625-4373

 Nystrom and Associates 

Address: 201 N Broad St, Mankato, MN 56001

Phone: (507) 200-2624

New Ulm

Address: 1324 5th St N, New Ulm, MN 56073

Phone: (507) 217-5000

Christian Family Solutions

Address: 44 Good Counsel Dr, Mankato, MN 56001

Phone: (800) 438-1772


Additional Resources

  1. Alcoholics Anonymous in Mankato
  2. Minnesota Preventation Resource Center
  3. State of Minnesota's Department of Human Services ADAD webpage
  4. Minnesota Recovery Connections
  5. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
  6. Fast-Tracker Website (Substance Use Disorder Resources in Minnesota)
  7. Minnesota Statute 253B - the "Minnesota Commitment and Treatment Act"
  8. AlcoholHelp Website