Central Minnesota Mental Health Center

Central Minnesota Mental Health Center


With half a dozen locations serving four counties, Central Minnesota Mental Health Center (CMMHC) provides integrative care to individuals struggling with mental health conditions and chemical dependency. The St. Cloud campus offers chemical dependency treatment in the form of detox services and outpatient programming for adults, as well as long-term residential care for men through its Focus XII facility.

In 2016, CMMHC was one of only 20 non-hospital residential detox programs available in Minnesota, part of just 5.4 percent of 370 total facilities. The nonprofit agency operates facilities in Buffalo, Monticello, and Elk River. Other CMMHC services available include a primary care clinic and pharmacy, children and family services, and a full continuum of adult mental health treatment.


The St. Cloud receiving service of Central Minnesota Mental Health Care provides mental health and substance use evaluations, followed by referrals and assistance transitioning to progressive treatment. CMMHC emphasizes an individualized, circumstance- and culture-sensitive plan of treatment for each client; some services are available in Somali and Spanish. Clients seeking detoxification support stay at the facility typically between 12 and 72 hours, where 24-hour nursing care is provided through a harm reduction approach.

CMMHC’s treatment is trauma-informed, and chemical dependency care follows a dual diagnosis and evidence-based model. The center’s intensive outpatient program (IOP) meets nine hours per week for 10 to 12 weeks, utilizing group and individual sessions as well as psychoeducation for clients’ loved ones.

Men who have obtained sobriety may continue their treatment at Focus XII, a transitional and structured living program. Residents participate in such therapies as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT). Participation in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), or another 12-step program is encouraged.


Treatment team members at the St. Cloud campus of Central Minnesota Mental Health Center include psychiatrists, psychologists, and master’s-level social workers and mental health counselors. The chemical dependency staff maintain state licensing in alcohol and drug counseling (LADC).


The detox program at Central Minnesota Mental Health Center’s St. Cloud site operates 14 beds, while Focus XII has 18 beds for men. There is currently no further information provided by this facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings. The sole individual polled by Best-rehabs.com to date indicated moderate satisfaction, awarding three or four out of five stars apiece for cleanliness, exercise and leisure activity, and meals and nutrition.


The CMMHC alum polled by Best-rehabs.com indicated that they would recommend the program to others. While expressing some disappointment over limited alternative approaches to treatment (rating holistic offerings just two stars), the reviewer gave maximum five-star ratings for treatment of co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, treatment effectiveness, and family involvement.

Feedback on Google was more mixed, where 10 individuals contributed to an average rating of 3.2 out of five stars for Central Minnesota Mental Health Center. No reviewers specifically mentioned chemical dependency. Two complained about staff attitudes, while positive alumni highlighted the staff as accommodating and supportive. In a representative review, J.H. wrote that “the staff go above and beyond they way to make a person feel they are people of vallue.” Two reviewers also praised the center’s work in combating client isolation.[1]

Similarly, six Citehealth reviews for the CMMHC detox program provided a mix of favorable and critical perspectives. One agreed that the staff was “very helpful and kind,” although acknowledging that some staff were disinterested, and two alumni complained that the staff was impersonal.[2]


Best-rehabs.com has yet to receive any reviews from staff members of CMMHC in St. Cloud. However, a total of eight former and current employees submitted reviews to Indeed and Glassdoor. The employees tending to express pride in their work with clients but frustration with high case loads and a disorganized environment.[3] [4]


According to the facility’s website, CMMHC accepts some insurance and partners with MNsure to help clients arrange for low-cost or free health coverage plans.

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] http://citehealth.com/rehab-centers/minnesota/cities/st-cloud/central-minnesota-mental-health-center#reviews
[3] https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Central-Minnesota-Mental-Health-Center/reviews?fcountry=US&floc=Saint+Cloud%2C+MN
[4] https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Central-Minnesota-Mental-Health-Center-St-Cloud-Reviews-EIIE888428.0,38IL.39,47_IM820.htm?filter.defaultEmploymentStatuses=false&filter.defaultLocation=false

Reviews about Central Minnesota Mental Health Center

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  • Good doctors and treatment Not a lot of choices in treatment though, not much holistic or alternative treatment options as well as the facility is ok, not great. Good treatment facility.