he Minnesota Chemical Dependency Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals is an intensive outpatient chemical dependency program with lodging located within the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, at the Riverside campus in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Specializing in treatment for Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons, The Program has been providing services nationally since 1989.
Many times, a Deaf person needing treatment for chemical dependency issues will be admitted to a treatment program designed to serve hearing people, and communication takes place through a sign language interpreter. In such a situation, interpreters are provided on a limited basis, such as, a few hours a day for group sessions or lectures. Without the constant service of an interpreter the Deaf client can feel restricted in his/her access to staff. In addition, this may prevent interactions with other clients, these connections are a key part of the treatment process. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere of Deaf culture, allowing the patient to feel at ease with the environment.
Our program provides for the needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals in the following ways: our program staff is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), we are knowledgeable and respectful of Deaf culture, and we have expertise working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing chemically dependent individuals. This allows for direct communication in the client’s native language without a third party having to be present. We provide a full range of professional services in chemical dependency treatment including individual therapy, group therapy and self-contained therapeutic services.
We, at the Minnesota Chemical Dependency Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals, are proud to be a component of Fairview Chemical Dependency Services, located in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota Medical Center- Fairview. For more than 30 years Fairview has been nationally recognized as a pioneer in chemical dependency treatment.
For general information, please call our direct number
at 1-800-282-3323 V/TTY or 651-964-1427(VP)
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.