About the Program

Quick Facts:

The Minnesota Chemical Dependency Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals (MCDPDHHI) is a specialized program designed to meet the communication and cultural needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons in chemical dependency treatment.

We serve Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals that are fluent in sign language from all over the United States and Canada.

Treatment is conducted in sign language 7 days a week, 8:30am-9:00pm.

In-depth Look:

The program is comprised of a highly trained staff who provide a full range of treatment services. The treatment team in partnership with the hospital includes: medical director, program director, certified chemical dependency counselors, interpreters, nurses, unit assistants, psychiatrist, hospital doctors,  and an intake coordinator.  Staff within the Deaf program are fluent in sign language as well as knowledgeable about and sensitive to Deaf culture.

The program offerings include: individual and group therapy in ASL, lectures, workshops, family therapy, recreational activities, grief group, interpreted Twelve Step groups, comprehensive assessment services and aftercare planning.

The program operates on a Twelve Step philosophy and offers patients the opportunity to attend Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or other Twelve Step meetings within the hospital as well as in the community. Some meetings are interpreted for Deaf people and others consist of all Deaf members. Treatment approaches are modified to respect the linguistic and cultural needs of the patients. For example, patients are encouraged to use drawing, role play, and communication in sign language as opposed to written work to complete Step assignments. Written materials used in the program are modified and video materials are presented with sign, voice and captions. Video phones, TTY’s, assistive listening devices, computer access and decoders for the television are among the special equipment provided for patients.

For general information, please call our direct number
at 1-800-282-3323 V/TTY 
or 651-964-1427(VP)

For consideration for admission into the program, please call our intake department at 1-800-233-7503 or 612-672-2736(v/tty) or 612-273-4461 Fax .