Laurie Gill
Cabinet Secretary

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Behavioral Health Services Work Group

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Under the direction of Governor Daugaard, behavioral health services in South Dakota transitioned from the Department of Human Services (DHS) to the Department of Social Services (DSS), effective April 14, 2011.

A work group was formed by the Governor to help guide the long term vision of the future behavioral health system. This group was led by Lt. Governor Matt Michels. Work Group members included legislators, community mental health and substance abuse providers, tribal providers, inpatient behavioral health providers, advocacy groups, county mental illness boards, the Unified Judicial System, Indian Health Services, the Department of Corrections, and the Department of Social Services.

The Work Group developed recommendations by first looking at the structure of the behavioral health system and focusing on current services, gaps in services, and critical service needs. The Work Group created specific goal areas for improving the behavioral health system in South Dakota as listed below. The Work Group’s Final Report with recommendations is also linked below.

  1. Increase access to services throughout the state
  2. Build the capacity of local communities
  3. Develop a strategic statewide prevention plan
  4. Define the role of the Human Services Center

Behavioral Health Services Work Group Meeting Minutes:

Prevention Subcommittee

Geriatric Subcommittee

Other Documents

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