Hospitals & Institutions


Intergroup Monthly Meeting Minutes

Hospitals & Institutions


Our Purpose:

The primary purpose of the Hospitals & Institutions Committee is to carry the Crystal Meth Anonymous message of recovery to individuals who are confined, restricted, or otherwise unable to attend a 12-Step CMA meeting.

Many times, an H&I meeting is the first introduction to Crystal Meth Anonymous that many inmates, clients, or patients receive. Therefore, it is important that our message of recovery through the 12-Steps be informative, clear, concise, positive, and solution oriented.

What is an H&I Meeting?

An H&I meeting is a 12-Step recovery meeting that takes place inside jails, treatment centers, hospitals, recovery homes, sober living environments or any other institution or facility where access to CMA meetings is limited or restricted. We use conference approved literature and provide this literature to those attending our meetings.

What happens at an H&I Meeting?

There are many formats that can be used at an H&I meeting such as: Topic & Discussion, God Stick Sharing, Question & Answer, just to name a few. Generally, there is a panel with a minimum of two crystal meth addicts sharing their personal experience with recovery and staying sober through the 12-steps. In many ways, H&I meetings resemble regular CMA meetings including the celebration of milestones in sobriety.

Why should I Volunteer?

Many crystal meth addicts have encountered an enhanced quality of recovery through their participation in H&I sharing. Many describe it as being an incredible experience knowing that they have made a difference. Our identity, as recovering crystal meth addicts, provides us with a unique perspective to carry the message of recovery to other crystal meth addicts. Other benefits of H&I service include:

1. Helps us to maintain our recovery.

2. Helps another to find recovery.

3. It is rewarding.

4. It challenges and improves us.

5. Helps us to stay connected.

6. Provides hope for the newcomer.

7. It is a flexible commitment of one to two meetings per month.

8. Many addicts will benefit from our valuable experience.

CMA H&I suggested: 

To speak at a CMA H&I panel, one must have at least six months of sobriety. To become a panel leader, one must have at least two years of sobriety, have attended H&I orientation, and must have spoken at least six (6) times at a CMA H&I meeting.

To All Speakers:

When sharing, we need to be very careful in describing drug effects as some may be triggered and the desire to use may be heightened. Please remember the recovery of others and avoid glorifying any history of drug use. This is extremely important when speaking with adolescents. Most Speaking commitments are in controlled facilities, and there are restrictions.  Keep personal items to a minimum.  Always check before if it is allowable to bring tobacco, or other personal items in with you.  The welfare of the patients and clients come first, and so does their recovery.  Non-compliance with these guidelines can be a reason for the speaker to be banned from facility.

Standard Requirements to be a Speaker:

Not having any criminal background, OR, if you have felonies, or misdemeanors, you have to be off probation, or parole, for a year.

You cannot have charges currently pending.

There will be BCA background checks, and with felons, the final approval then must come from facility warden.

No contraband of any kind is allowed, which includes no tobacco

Picture ID is required to enter all facilites, and there is a background check form and approval and orientation for each facility.

These will be CMA meetings being brought into the facilities, so the ability to facilitate a meeting is required.

There are many available facilities open for both men and women.

How Do I Get Involved?

For more information about the CMA H&I panels or to become involved in local CMA H&I service, please contact :

Senior Hospitals &Institutions Liason: Brenda B. @


Crystal Meth Anonymous Current Speaking Commitments for the MN Area:

Dellwood Recovery Center –  1st Monday Of The Month – Meet @ 5:00 at Tan House across from Mercy Hospital to speak @ 6pm to the Adults. 701 – S. Dellwood Ave., Cambridge, MN  55008

AMRTC Chemical Dependency Unit (Cronin Bldg.)  – 1st & 3rd Saturday 6:30 to 7:30pm
Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center –  Anoka, MN 55303 –  Requirements:  ID Required, No Tolerance for Tobacco on premises.- Link to map 

Riverplace Counseling Center  (Men)  – Sunday at  6:00 to 7pm
1814 S. Ferry St. Anoka, MN 55118 – Link to map

Riverplace Counseling Center  (Women)  –  Time to be determined
9816 – NW Hwy 10, Elk River, MN 55330 – Link to map

Grace Counseling Services (Men and Women) – 2nd Tuesday of every month at 5:30 pm

16525 Mn-65, Ham Lake, MN 55304 – Link to map


Anoka County Institutions:

Lino Lakes Medium Security – (Women) Tuesdays @ 7:30-8:30pm7525 – 4th Ave., Lino Lakes, MN  55014

Lino Lakes Medium Security – (Men)  Tuesday s @ 8:30-9:30pm7525 – 4th Ave., Lino Lakes, MN  55014

Anoka County Jail (Contact Institution Chirperson for days and times) 325 Jackson Street. Anoka, MN 55303

Anoka County Workhouse (Contact Institution Chirperson for days and times) 3300 4th Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303

Minnesota Department of Corrections – Minimum Security Facilities:

Lino Lakes (LL) Mayo & Sibley Buildings – 7525 Fourth Avenue, Lino Lakes, Minnesota  55014 {Schedule availability for programming: Tuesday/Friday   6:30-9:00 p.m.}

Red Wing (RW) Knox Building, Level 1 Adult Offender Program Unit – 1079 Highway 292, Red Wing, MN  55066 {Schedule availability for programming: Wednesday / Thursday 6:00-8:30 p.m., Friday 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 12:30-4:00 p.m.}

MSU Stillwater (STW) – 970 Pickett Street,  Bayport, Minnesota  55003-1490 {Schedule availability for programming: Monday/Tuesday 7:15-8:30 p.m.}

Shakopee (SHK) – 1010 West Sixth Avenue, Shakopee, Minnesota  55379 {Schedule availability for programming: Monday 7:00-9:00 p.m.,   Thursday 7:00-8:00 p.m.}

Faribault (FRB) Dakota Building – 1101 Linden Lane, Faribault, Minnesota  55021-6400 {Schedule availability for programming:  Wednesday   6:15-8:30 p.m.}

Volunteer Applications and Forms:

*Individuals interested in volunteering with the Minnesota Department of Corrections (MN DOC) Minimum Security Facilities must complete both a Volunteer Application AND an Offender Association Form. .

For detailed information regarding the MN DOC Links Volunteer Program and Volunteer Policies, see:

Please write on your application, which minimum security facility you prefer to volunteer. Once approved, each volunteer applicant will be contacted by a MN DOC facility volunteer coordinator to schedule attendance at a mandatory volunteer orientation.

Please return both your completed Volunteer Application and Offender Association form to:CMA Minnesota Area Intergroup P.O. Box 331, Anoka MN 55303


Helpline phone # 612-787-5775