Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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Involuntary Commitments

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger please contact your local law enforcement office.

South Dakota state law allows a person to proceed with an involuntary commitment for the treatment of another person with a serious mental illness or who has a substance abuse disorder.

Mental Illness Involuntary Commitment Criteria

A person with mental illness can be involuntarily committed if they meet the statutory criteria as stated in SDCL 27A-1-2.

For more information regarding the commitment process see SDLC 27A and contact your local county board of mental illness for procedures in your area.

Substance Abuse Involuntary Commitment Criteria

A person with a substance abuse disorder can be involuntarily committed if they meet the statutory criteria as stated in SDCL 34-20A-63

For additional information regarding the commitment process see SDCL 34-20A or the Substance Abuse Roadmap below