Frequently Asked Questions
General Program Policies
Can I work on my High School credits or get my GED while in the program?
Yes, clients may work on High School credits and/or earn a GED while in the program.
May I work while I’m enrolled in a residential treatment or recovery program?
No, while in our residential treatment and recovery programs, clients are not able to be employed, to seek employment, or to attend school. This is time to focus on overcoming substance use addiction and other life-controlling issues. The exception is in the latter part of our long-term recovery program where transition planning takes place, and clients are preparing to return to the community.
Do you allow smoking?
No, our campuses are completely tobacco-free. We do provide smoking cessation support and allow eligible clients to use a nicotine patch for a period of time. For most clients, not being able to smoke is far easier than what they’d expected.
What are the visiting hours for clients enrolled in Residential programs?
Please see our visiting hours, information and guidelines below:
What is the daily schedule like for residential clients?
Is MnTC a lock-down facility?
No, MnTC is not a lock-down facility.
What do I need money for while I’m enrolled at MnTC and how much should I bring when I come?
- Clients need to pay for personal hygiene and personal need items; in addition, clients may go on coffee walks, order in food on weekends, and attend certain events for which they will need money.
- The amount you decide to bring with you is a personal or family decision.
- Some MnTC clients qualify for general assistance from the state of Minnesota and will receive $97 a month from the state while enrolled in the program
Do you have a gym I can work out in?
Yes, we provide work-out space and state of the art gym equipment at every location.
Do you offer clients transport services to court appointments?
- If staff members are available, MnTC may provide transports within a 5-mile radius.
- For clients who do not have family support, or if the court requires a MnTC staff member to accompany a client to court, then we will arrange for transportation.
If I’m enrolled in the Long-term Residential Recovery program, am I ever allowed to leave? What are the passes like?
Can you help with child protection service?
- While in the licensed treatment program, your program manager will update the Child Protection Agency of progress, per court order.
- For clients in our Long-Term Recovery program, a staff member can provide verification of client enrollment to a child protection agency, with written request of the client.
Do you help with legal advice?
Clients in our Long-term Recovery program have access to a legal liaison on a pro-bono basis to address common legal issues. This provides an opportunity to work towards resolving your legal issues while focusing on your sobriety.
May I see my chiropractor while enrolled in a residential program?
Yes, however appointments may only take place on Saturdays and be within 5 miles of the client’s respective building. For more information on appointments, please see our Appointment Policy below:
May I go to the dentist while in the program?
Yes, clients may go to the dentist while in the program. For more information on appointments, please see our Appointment Policy below:
May I drive my car and park it at your treatment facility while I’m enrolled in a residential program?
No, please arrange for transportation to your Admissions appointment.
How many visitors may I have on visiting day?
Please be aware of our visitor hours and guidelines:
Can I attend my sibling’s wedding while enrolled in a residential program?
Decisions to allow special passes are made on a case by case basis.
Can I attend the birth of my child while enrolled in a residential program?
In most cases, yes, assuming there are no legal or other restrictions, clients may attend the birth of children while enrolled in a residential program.
Can my boyfriend/girlfriend visit me while I’m enrolled in a residential program?
Decisions to accept visitors are made on a case by case basis. All visitors must be approved in advance by program staff and/or the legal team
Do you accept women and children together into residential treatment programs?
No, we do not accept women and children together into residential treatment programs.
Do I need a calling card to make outside calls?
No, staff will provide a phone for every client to use during phone time.
How much phone time is allowed?
This depends on a few factors. Please see the Phone Call Policy below:
Do I have access to a computer?
No, clients do not have access to a computer unless you are a teen enrolled and in school at Lakeside Academy.
Do you have pianos?
Yes, clients have access to pianos.
Do all clients enrolled in the Long-Term Residential Recovery program sing in the MnTC Choir?
Yes, everyone in the Long-Term program is required to participate in the choir activities.
Can I have overnights with my spouse?
Yes, clients may have overnights with spouses at specific times in the program.
Admissions Department- Minneapolis
Northland Duluth Campus:
Brandon Torgerson, Center Director
Central Minnesota Brainerd Campus:
Sam Anderson, Center Director
Tom Truszinski, Center Director