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How to Choose a Residential Mental Health Treatment Center

Residential Mental Health Treatment Center - Options Residential

If your loved one is struggling to live independently because of a mental illness, residential treatment can give them a safer, more fulfilled future.

However, it can be an overwhelming task to find a suitable rehabilitation facility for your loved one’s needs. Patients and their families may visit several supportive living facilities or long-term care homes and still have trouble deciding.

We want you to find the care your loved one needs to live the life they want, and with some preparation, it’s possible. Here’s everything you need to know to choose the right residential facility for your loved one.

Asking the Right Questions

Asking specific questions will help you decide which residential treatment program is right for your loved one’s needs. Here are a few questions to consider.

  • What is the goal of treatment?
  • How qualified are the staff?
  • What is the level of care?
  • Will my insurance cover the facility?
  • How long is a typical stay?
  • Is 24/7 emergency care provided?
  • When are visitors allowed?
  • Can the center accommodate other health conditions?
  • How much participation is required by residents?
  • What types of mental health concerns are addressed?
  • Is medication monitored?
  • What kind of activities are offered?
  • What kind of transportation assistance is offered?
  • Does this program address dual diagnosis?
  • Does the program include cognitive behavioral therapy?
  • Does the program include group therapy?
  • Does the program use evidence-based treatment?

Considering Finances

Before you decide on a residential facility, it’s important to understand what will and won’t be covered by insurance. Some rehabilitation centers accept public or private insurance, while others are entirely self-pay.

Some treatment programs in Minnesota also accept waivers through the Home and Community-Based Waiver Program. This funding can be accessed through PMAP or Medical Assistance. Other waivers, like CADI, CAC, and BI, may also be used to cover services.

Reach out to your insurance company or your social worker for help determining coverage.

Family Support

It’s important to include family members when making treatment decisions. They likely have some perspective on your loved one’s needs and can help you make an informed decision. While you may be in charge of your loved one’s care, it’s also important to include them in discussions. This will help them feel supported and more confident about entering treatment.

Meeting Their Needs

The final decision on which facility to choose will come down to your loved one’s psychiatric needs and compatibility with the services offered.

It’s a good idea to meet with a few residential centers before making a final decision. Make sure to bring a list of your questions when you meet with administrative staff. Any reputable residential center should be willing to answer your questions while giving you space to make a decision that’s best for you and your loved one’s needs.

Live Life to the Fullest at Options Residential

Our primary goal at Options Residential is to support your loved one in every step of their journey. From the day they arrive, they will receive the respect and kindness they deserve paired with the care and treatment they need.

Our mission is to immerse your loved one in a healthy environment and provide them with the services they need to fully experience life.

Some of the services and supports we offer are:

If you’d like to learn more about Options Residential or have questions about our facility, give us a call at (952) 564-3030. We’d love to answer all your questions and help your loved one get back to living their life as independently as possible.

Referral Form

Please fill out the referral form below. Our Intake Coordinator will contact you to give you further information about services that are available.


Successful Transitions

We are very thoughtful with each transition by making sure that the individual has the right resources and is ready for increased independence, so they can continue to be successful.