Q. What can I bring and not bring when entering a residential program?
You will want to bring approximately one week of casual clothing. We also have exercise equipment available and would recommend bringing a set of tennis shoes and separate exercise attire. Laundry facilities and detergent are provided for free at all of our residential locations.
All personal hygiene items must be non-aerosol and alcohol free. If needed, we can provide personal hygiene items.
You will want to bring all current medications that you are taking in the original container with the prescription.
We will provide all necessary linens. You can bring your own as long as they are new and in the original plastic.
In order to protect patient’s privacy rights and keep our focus on recovery we do not allow cell phones or personal computers. We do allow personal mp3 players as long as they are not able to access internet and do not have a camera.
Q. Is smoking allowed at your facilities?
Smoking is allowed at our facilities. We recommend you bring a small amount of cash for staff provided tobacco runs throughout your stay.
Q. What does a typical day look like?
At all of our residential facilities our patients will receive between 30-35 hours of programming per week. An example of a typical day would consist of waking up/cleaning room/exercise, breakfast, daily goals, primary group, mental health group, Lunch, coping skills, leisure time, dinner, relapse prevention, leisure time, clean up, and lights out for bed.
Q. Are you able to help me detox?
Although we are able to help with withdrawal management, our facilities cannot accommodate medical detoxification needs.
Q. How do I begin the process of getting into a Meridian Behavioral Health facility?
Regardless of what type of treatment you are looking for (Residential, Outpatient or Medication Assisted Treatment) the first step is to talk with one of Recovery Access Specialists. If you have not yet had a Chemical Health Assessment they will help schedule a time for you to meet with one of our Licensed Specialist to complete an assessment. Recovery Access Specialists can be reach at 877-367-1715.
Q. How do I know which level of treatment is right for me?
In order to create a comprehensive, individualized treatment experience for you, the first step will be completing a Chemical Health Assessment which will help determine what level of care would be the most appropriate for you.
Q. What is involved in a Chemical Health Assessment?
Before entering any Meridian Behavioral Health program or any licensed program in the state of MN you will need to complete a Chemical Health Assessment to determine which level of care will be best suited to your individual situation. You will work with one of our Licensed Alcohol and Drugs Counselors (LADC) to go over items such as:
- Substance Use History
- Family History
- Individual Treatment Goals
- Supportive Sober Environment
Q. Does Meridian Behavioral Health accept insurance?
Yes, all of our programs will work with your insurance provider for payment including public funding. During your first call, our Recovery Access Specialist will help check your current benefits with your insurance provider. We are considered In-Network with most insurance providers.
Q. I am a referring professional. What information do you need for my patient to begin the admission process with Meridian Behavioral Health?
Although each situation can be unique, you will want to begin by contacting our Centralized Access Team to begin the admission process. In order to begin, we would ask that the following information be faxed to one of our Recovery Access Specialist:
Current and completed Rule 25/Chemical Health Assessment (no more than 30 days old)
Patient’s insurance or funding information. If the patient will be utilizing county funding please include the contact person for that county if it is different from the referent.
If the patient is currently hospitalized, we ask that the first 72 and last 72 hours of progress notes be included and provided to our Access Team
Commitment paperwork (if applicable)
Release of information for Meridian Behavioral Health
Q. What type of programs does Meridian Behavioral Health offer?
Meridian Behavioral Health offers a full continuum of individualized, evidence based programs to meet your needs including Medication Assisted Treatment. We offer both residential and outpatient programs designed specifically for Men, Women, Native Americans, and LGBTQ.
We specialize in MI/CD (Dual Diagnosis) programs that have a strong focus on the whole person. Along with handling substance abuse concerns we have a dedicated staff of Mental Health Professionals on site to assist with your journey towards recovery.
All of our programs are built around individual and customized treatment plans with a ONE-SIZE DOES NOT fit all approach to care that spans multiple therapeutic modalities including but not limited to:
- Health Realization
- Family Services
- Motivational Interview
- 12 Steps
- Sexual Health Groups
- Drug & Alcohol Education
- Co-Occurring Disorders
Q. Are Meridian Behavioral Health’s programs and staff licensed?
All of the counselors at our programs are either licensed addiction counselors or mental health professionals who hold a licensed in their respective field of work. This includes psychiatrists, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed professional clinical counselors, registered and licensed professional nurses. Our programs also hold a license by the State of Minnesota.
Q. Can my family contact me visit while I am in treatment?
Yes, across our residential programs each site offers visitation on specific dates and times of the week. We also offer family education along with visitation at a select number of our programs. Once you or your loved one has been admitted into a program we recommend speaking directly with staff to find out the exact schedule for visitation.