In response to COVID-19 and per the recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health, the Rice County Chemical and Mental Health Coalition will either reformat group trainings and meetings to make them virtual, or will postpone until further notice. Coalition staff will communicate with instructors, registrants and community partners on a regular basis by email. Coalition staff will provide links to partners to teleconference as possible for upcoming meetings. Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of our partners and community members!

The outbreak of COVID-19 is concerning and can have a negative impact on the mental health of our community members. The Centers for Disease Control has outlined some helpful tips about how to cope with this stressful situation and support the mental well-being of your family and community.

Please reach out to Ashley Anderson, HCI Coordinator, at any time with questions: ashley@northfieldhci.org



Crisis Lines
South Central Mobile Crisis: 877-399-3040
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255; Spanish: 1-888-628-9454
SAMSHA Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990
SAMSHA hotline for substance abuse: 1-800-662-4357
Crisis Text line is open 24/7: Text NAMI to 741741
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-7233
HOPE CENTER (local) domestic Violence hotline: 800-607-2330
Partnership for Drug Free Kids & Center on Addiction hotline: call 1-855-378-4373, Text: 55753

Telehealth Services for Mental Health
Rice County Social Services: 507-333-3773
Fernbrook Family Center: 507-331-3454
HealthFinders Collaborative: 507-323-8100
Your Vision Achieved

Change to Chill
Second Step
National Association of School Psychologists
Youth Mental Health First Aid

SMART recovery online
Alcoholics Anonymous: 844-334-6862
Meeting Guide app to find virtual AA meetings

Self-Care Apps and Websites
Ten Percent Happier app for meditation
Down Dog Yoga app
Wysa: stress, depression & anxiety therapy chatbot (can be found in the app store by Touchkin)
Headspace app for meditation
Calm meditations

Other supportive resources
Rice County Chemical and Mental Health Resource Directory
Minnesota Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control

About Us

The Rice County Chemical and Mental Health Coalition formed in 2018 when leaders in the county recognized the need to address the overlap between chemical and mental health among community members. Action team members from the former Rice County Chemical Health Coalition (established in 2004) and Rice County Mental Health Collective (established in 2011) came together to make a plan to merge efforts. The resulting coalition keeps Rice County at the forefront of advocating for system-level changes on behalf of community members throughout the county.

Using a public health approach and the best practice of “multiple strategies from multiple sectors”, the Rice County Chemical and Mental Health Coalition welcomes representatives from all sectors of the community. Through strengthening and expanding membership, the group is dedicated to building community capacity for chemical and mental health prevention efforts.

Upcoming Action Team Meetings

*Dates/times are subject to change. Contact info@northfieldhci.org to confirm. 
Advisory Board, meets quarterly on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 8:30-9:30 am
  • October 28, 2020
Prevention and Promotion Team,  meets the third Thursday of every other month from 8:30-10:00 am
  • October 15, 2020
  • December 17, 2020
Northfield ASAP, meets the first Wednesday of the month from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Northfield Community Resource Center, Youth Wing room 108
  • October 7, 2020
  • November 4, 2020
  • December 2, 2020
Access and Equity, meets on the third Monday of each month
  • September 21, 2020
Enforcement and Juvenile Justice, meets quarterly on the second Tuesday of the month from 12:30-2:00 pm
  • December 8, 2020
Provider Team, meets quarterly on the third Wednesday of the month from 12:00-1:30 pm
  • November 18, 2020

Learn more about free
Mental Health First Aid trainings
for Rice County community members!


Nominate a Prevention Champion today!

A Prevention Champion is someone who provides support for a healthier life for young people in our community – someone who helps reduce risk factors for alcohol and drug abuse, someone who supports recovery, or someone who builds assets for our youth and other community members. Learn more


Need help?

We have a curated list of chemical and mental health resources available to Rice County-area residents. Check it out below!

Chemical and Mental Health Resources