Community Behavioral Health

Children's Services

The goal of the Division of Community Behavioral Health is to ensure children with severe emotional disturbances are able to live with their families and in their home community whenever possible. The division supports ongoing efforts for developing, sustaining, and continually improving a high quality, community-based, individualized, family-centered mental health system of care in which children receive the support to live and learn in their home, schools and communities.

Family-centered services include: individual mental health therapy for the child, family education/therapy, case management, child/family support services, and 24/7 availability for crisis intervention for children with a Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) and their families.

Services Available:

  • In-home individual therapy: Face-to-face contact between a consumer and therapist in which the therapist delivers direct therapy to assist the consumer in progress toward treatment goals.

  • In-home family education/support/therapy: Face-to-face contact between two or more family members and therapist in which the therapist delivers direct therapy, education relating to the child's psychiatric condition, or support services to develop coping skills for the parents and family members.

  • Out-of-Home Therapy: Face-to-face contact between a consumer/family and therapist in which the therapist delivers direct therapy to assist the consumer in progress toward treatment goals. This service will be provided in the child's school, neutral location, etc. The service may be provided in a clinic setting if justified in the clinical record.

  • Crisis Intervention: An immediate therapeutic response available 24 hours a day which, depending on client's needs, involves direct telephone or face-to-face contact with clients exhibiting acute psychiatric symptoms and/or inappropriate behavior, their families, and other collaterals to alleviate the problems which, if untreated, present an immediate threat to the client or others.

  • Case Management: Services which assist the child/family in gaining access to, and building collaboration and coordination among family, caretakers, medical, social, educational, community resources and other services and support the child and family in meeting the goals and objectives of the Case Service Plan. Case management performs direct service as well as service coordination. Crisis issues are dealt with and ongoing problem solving is accomplished. Services may be either face-to-face or by telephone with the client, client's family, significant others, or service providers.

  • Assessment and Evaluation: A written evaluation of a set of symptoms indicating a mental disorder or a condition requiring treatment. A Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) or Clinical Supervisor must complete, date, and sign the evaluation.

  • Psychological Evaluation: A face-to-face meeting between or under the supervision of a psychologist, resulting in a written evaluation of a set of symptoms. The process may result in the indication of a mental disorder or a condition requiring treatment, as outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).

  • Group Therapy: Goal directed, face-to-face therapeutic intervention with the eligible client and one or more clients who are treated at the same time, which focuses on the mental health needs of the clients in the group.

Families with a child who has a serious emotional disturbance (SED) may qualify for services through the South Dakota Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities' Respite Care program. For more information call 1-800-265-9684 or visit Respite Care Program.