Zumbro Valley Health Center – Chemical Health Services

Zumbro Valley Health Center – Chemical Health Services


Zumbro Valley Health Center in Rochester, Minn. is an outpatient mental health clinic that has been providing services in southeast Minnesota for more than 50 years. In addition to its psychiatric and primary health care, the organization runs short and long-term substance abuse treatment programs for adults and teens as well as specialized programs for the homeless and those with traumatic brain injury and developmental disabilities, and co-occurring mental health disorders. Drug and hair testing, monitored sobriety, and 24-hour detoxification are also available for residents of 12 counties in Minnesota.


Upon intake into the 22-bed Connections & Referral (detoxification) unit, clients receive medical services, addiction counseling, and education on relapse prevention. After this initial stage, they’re often recommended for one of Zumbro Valley’s five different outpatient recovery programs for substance abuse. There’s also an intervention program with monthly classes for those concerned about their substance use habits but don’t require detox.

All treatment programs are based on the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s Six Dimensions of substance abuse treatment. Staff and clients work together to develop an individualized treatment based on evidence-based practices and solutions.

At the most introductory level of care, Recovery Basics is a traditional substance abuse program that focuses on the physical effect of chemicals, the development of new thinking patterns and a support network, and long-term sober living skills.

For those with dual diagnoses, an intensive outpatient program (IOP) titled Recovery Partners offers crisis planning and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The goal is to help adults improve their problem solving and social skills and provide men and women with opportunity to tackle life issues specific to each of them.

A more-long term option, the Right to Recovery program is specifically designed for those who’ve had prior treatment experience. The 12-month long program makes use of educational presentations, holds five groups a week, and includes individual counseling and recreational activities.

Finally, the Footsteps 4 Recovery program helps those who are both homeless and have a chronic substance abuse disorder through outreach, referrals, assistance in locating housing, vocational training, and more.


The multidisciplinary treatment team consists of master’s level counselors, case managers, licensed social workers, physician, and nursing staff.


Best-rehabs.com has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni.

On Google, six reviewers shared positive reports and an average rating of 4.0 out of five stars. “I shout out to all who gave me tools too be ok with my mental illness,” alum Wendy wrote. Matt, another former client, called Zumbro “one of the best places to take a break from life,” noting, however, that there are “alot of guidelines (rules) to follow.”[1]


The single loved one to have completed a Best-rehabs.com survey gave mostly positive feedback. In their written commentary, they listed qualities of “caring” and “individualized” as program strengths, but also found the facility “somewhat institutional.” They gave mostly four- and five-star ratings for areas of treatment such as the staff’s level of training and experience, counseling options, treatment for co-occurring disorders, and affordability. “Good experience,” they noted.


Much in contrast to the reported cited above, 14 staff reviewers on Indeed to date gave the organization a mediocre rating of 2.6 out of five stars.[2] Staff reviewers repeatedly told of poor management, especially in the detox unit.


Sliding-fee scales are available for low-income residents of Olmsted and Fillmore counties. Zumbro Valley Health Center also accepts state and federal insurance and private insurance.

[1] https://goo.gl/kd32qP
[2] https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Zumbro-Valley-Health-Center/reviews

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  • Caring, individualized Somewhat institutional Good experience