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Referrals

If you are interested in attending a Wayside program, or if you are a referent thinking about making a referral please follow the outlined steps below.

The first step in the process is completing a Rule 25 Assessment.


A Rule 25 Assessment is a substance use disorder assessment completed by a licensed professional.  It is designed to assess an individual’s substance use history and determine what level of care and treatment facility would best meet an individual’s needs.  Rule 25 Assessments are only valid for 45 days, after which time an update is required.

Wayside offers several Rule 25 Assessment appointments each week at our outpatient facility in St. Paul.  In addition, individuals may call their health insurance company to learn about more organizations covered under their plan.  If an individual does not have health insurance, they can call the county in which they reside and request an assessment.

The second step in the process is having the Rule 25 Assessment faxed to Wayside.


Rule 25 Assessments completed or updated within the last 45 days can be faxed to Wayside's Intake Department at 651-209-6341. 

The third step in the process is completed in collaboration with the Intake Department at Wayside.


Once a Rule 25 Assessment has been received, it is typically reviewed within two business days. Based on information provided in the Rule 25 Assessment, an Intake Coordinator will determine if it is appropriate to place the individual seeking services on the waitlist of their program of interest.  An attempt to contact both the individual seeking services and the referent will be made after the Rule 25 Assessment has been reviewed.  Please ensure the Rule 25 Assessment has valid phone numbers for both the individual seeking services and the referent.

As the individual seeking services approaches the top of the waitlist, they will be contacted by an Intake Coordinator to schedule a telephone intake interview.  The intake interview serves as an additional screening tool used to determine whether services provided at Wayside would meet an individual’s needs.  The telephone interview takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete and consists of questions related to substance use, physical health, mental health, and motivation to seek services. 

If there are no significant concerns, an individual may be scheduled an admission date and time for the program in which they are seeking services. Please note, admission dates and times vary based on program availability.  

If you have questions regarding this process, please contact Wayside's Intake Department at 651-242-5540.

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