Laurie Gill
Cabinet Secretary

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Community Behavioral Health Services

mother and son The Division of Behavioral Health oversees the publicly funded prevention and treatment provider system. There is help available if you, a friend, or family member is struggling with a mental health concerns or concerns with alcohol or other drugs.

Information for farm, ranch, and rural families:

Weather and financial stress is hitting our farming, ranching, and rural communities hard. There are resources available for South Dakota families to help with increased stress and anxiety during the growing and harvest season.

Farm, ranch and rural families are struggling with increased challenges due to the well-being of their home, farm and emotional health are encouraged to contact a local Community Mental Health Center for assistance. Financial assistance for services is available for eligible families. For more information, talk to your local Community Mental Health Center.

  • To find a Community Mental Health Center, click here

Additional free and confidential resources for farm, ranch, and rural families are available through:

  • Avera Health’s 24/7 Farm and Rural Stress Hotline at 1.800.691.4336 or click here
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255)
  • Helpline Center by dialing 211 or texting “SDFARM” to 898211
  • SDSU Extension Office Information

More information for clients and families:

More information for professionals:

Notice of Solicitation of Comment

Draft Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-2021 State Behavioral Health Assessment and Plan
Beginning July 2, 2019, the Department of Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) will be soliciting written comment on the draft FY 2020-2021 State Behavioral Health Assessment and Plan from interested parties prior to submitting the application to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

To access an electronic copy of the draft State Behavioral Health Assessment and Plan, please click here.

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To request a hard copy at no charge, please contact Jennifer Humphrey at, 1.855.878.6057 or 605.773.3123.

Written comments must be sent to the Department of Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health, Kneip Building, c/o 700 Governor’s Drive, Pierre, SD 57501. Comments will also be accepted via email at

Written comments via mail or email will be received until Aug. 29, 2019.

South Dakota Opioid Information:

The Department of Social Services, through the support of two Federal grants, has been working collaboratively with the Department of Health as well as the South Dakota Opioid Abuse Advisory Committee to educate and raise awareness regarding opioids misuse and abuse. For more information please visit the Avoid Opioid Website.

For more information, please contact the Division of Behavioral Health at 605.367.5236 or email questions to