TREATMENT AND RECOVERY SERVICES
Project Connect is a licensed Substance Use Disorder Outpatient Treatment Center. Substance use disorder is a progressive and at times a fatal disease from which you can recover. Our staff at Project Connect can help you address substance use and set life goals to form lasting change.
WHAT IS SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER?
Substance use disorder is a chronic and progressive disease affecting families across the nation. Currently only 1 in 10 people struggling with substance use disorder receive treatment in the US. While the number of prescribed opioids written in MN has steadily decreased, our overdose deaths in the last 20 years have increased from 54 to 428 deaths, which is 428 too many,
Signs that You or Someone you care about needs help:
Changes in personality and behavior like a lack of motivation, irritability, and agitation
Bloodshot eyes and frequent bloody noses
Shakes, tremors, or slurred speech or pressured rapid speech
Change in their daily routines
Lack of concern for personal hygiene
Unusual need for money; financial problems
Changes in friends and activities
Rapid changes in mood, sleep patterns or eating habits - too much/too little
Needing more and more of the substance to obtain the same effect. (Tolerance)
Withdrawal Symptoms: shaky, nausea, stomachache, sweating, headaches or seizures, confusion or fever.
Setting rules or broken promises around substance use, like "I'm only going to drink one night per week".
Loss of interest in things you like to do.
Continued use despite negative consequences to family, relationships, employment, legally, emotionally and psychologically.
Guilt and remorse around use.
SERVICES WE OFFER
1. Comprehensive Assessments and Access to Treatment
2. Treatment Coordination
3. Day Outpatient Treatment
4. Relapse Prevention
5. Group and Individual Counseling
7. Stress Management
8. Coping Skills to deal with Mental Health
9. Employment and Education Services
HOW TO PAY FOR TREATMENT
We currently accept MA, Minnesota PMAP Plans such as; Hennepin Health, UCare, Health Partners, BCBS of MN, UBH/Medica and Private Pay Options Available.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
CAN I BRING A SUPPORT PERSON WITH ME?
Yes, you may bring a supportive adult. Please try to have children cared for by others for your assessment.
WHICH TREATMENT PROVIDERS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ME?
Your assessment will be valid for any treatment provider based on your funding and insurance. Your assessor will recommend an appropriate level of care and work with you to find a treatment provider with the ability to meet your needs.
IS THERE A COST?
There is no cost if you meet eligibility guidelines. For most individuals, the fee is covered by either insurance, PMAP, or County Funding. If you do not meet eligibility guidelines, the self-pay fee is $150.
HOW LONG IS MY ASSESSMENT VALID?
Your assessment is valid for 30 to 45 days after it is completed, based on funding source and/or insurance. If you do not enter treatment within this time and do not complete the treatment program, you will need to get an update to your assessment. Please call (612.998.8097).
CAN THE ASSESSOR GIVE ME A MENTAL HEALTH DIAGNOSIS?
Your assessor cannot make a mental health diagnosis, but may suggest that you will benefit from receiving a mental health assessment. If you do receive a mental health diagnosis, you may be considered for our dual-diagnosis treatment program.
HOW WILL YOU PROTECT MY PRIVACY?
Project Connect complies with all HIPAA regulations, as well as federal confidentiality laws. You will need to provide a signed release of information form to authorize sharing of information. We will not provide information to anyone inquiring about whether you are receiving services or trying to attain other information without your written authorization.
For more information, you may call 612.998.8097 or email Rachel.
Jacki Gale, Sr. Director of People Practices, is responsible for Human Resources, AAI Programs and growing collaborative partnerships with employers, educators, non-profits, government agencies and community-based resource providers. Jacki holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and minor in coaching, and she has 30 years of experience with AAI delivering oversight to disability and reentry programs. Jacki is on the leadership team and reports to the AccessAbiity, Inc. President/CEO.
Rachel Grantham is our Behavioral Health Director, and she works hard to meet the clients where they are at. She received her diploma in Chemical Dependency and Family Therapy from the University of St. Catherine. She spent over 20 years in the field working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds across all levels of care, and she is especially honored to have worked with several Native Communities on the Red Road. She has supervised interns and master level social workers. LADC certified she understands how the issues of trauma and dealing with addiction and mental health can affect people. Rachel looks forward to a lifetime of growing personally and professionally.
Linda Cazett holds a BA in Psychology from Sacramento State University in CA. She was certified in Biofeedback Therapy in CA. She worked for the Northern California Multiple Sclerosis Society as a contractor teaching Biofeedback and Stress Management to individuals with Multiple Sclerosis. She then set up a Biofeedback Program for Adair Chiropractic and Osteopathic in Sacramento, CA. Her next employer was Mercy Hospitals in Sacramento, CA. There she started in Admissions, moved to Out Patient Auditor for 2 hospitals and 5 out-patient clinics. She was then promoted to Business Office Correspondent for Mercy Hospitals and Out-Patient Clinics. After 10 years in CA, a move to be closer to family prompted her relocation to MN.
Stan Hill is our Education and Employment Specialist and has over 40 years of social services experience working in public school systems serving children and families living in generational poverty with significant barriers to success. His experience includes providing recreational, educational, vocational, and life skills training. Stan is responsible for developing and navigating individual case plans for participants. He provides coordination, collaboration, tracking and monitoring of participants to ensure compliance with their support plans. Stan works closely with partner agencies to ensure program participants are engaged and receiving supportive services and/or referrals in the areas of health, housing, sobriety, transportation, child care, legal aid, diversion and child support, expungement, and other wrap around services.
Ebony Mhiripiri received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Metropolitan State University in 2002. She spent the following seven years working as a court advocate for Cornerstone Advocacy Services, which provides housing and court advocacy to survivors of domestic abuse. In 2010, Ebony received her Family and Consumer Science teaching license and Master of Education degree from the University of Minnesota. She taught Family and Consumer Science to middle and high school students for six years. Ebony began working as an ABE instructor through a partnership with Lyndale Neighborhood Association and AccessAbility, Inc. in 2017. Since 2017, Ebony has attended ABE trainings through ATLAS ABE at Hamline University. She has also taken courses in Hamline University’s ESL teaching licensure program.
In order to safely serve our clients in person, we are social distancing in groups, cleaning high touch surfaces before and after each service is provided. COVID-19 has isolated us and increased rates of SUD and Mental Health. In an effort to keep clients safe we have has our facility professionally cleaned utilizing a 3-Step Clean System incorporates the use of a professional grade botanical disinfectant combined with a unique antimicrobial surface protectant that can provide residual surface protection for up to 90 days.