Minnesota Alternatives provides substance abuse and/or mental health treatment that focuses on person-centered care, engagement, skill development, holistic and trauma focused interventions. The program strives to ensure people have choices regarding the models of treatment available and that people become an active voice in the delivery of their care.
Minnesota Alternatives is building a local grass root coalition for people who are interested in alternative treatment/recovery approaches. This coalition provides peer support, training and consultation, and is working to bring a paradigm shift to the field of substance abuse treatment.
Paula developed a treatment model called "The Minnesota Alternative", which provides a person-centered approach that offers an alternative to the Minnesota (12-step, abstinence based) Model. This model is now being taught at the University of Minnesota and is also being integrated in other programs.