Community Behavioral Health

Community Coalitions

Community Coalitions blend federal, state, and local government resources with community leadership, volunteers, providers, families, and schools to reduce substance abuse in the state. Community Coalitions' responsibilities include identifying the needs of the community, implementing and evaluating an action plan, and providing assistance with projects within schools and communities.

For a list of Prevention Coalition Contact Information Click here

School-Based Prevention Projects

There are approximately 30 school-based prevention projects across South Dakota that provide a variety of services and resources to school district staff, families, and students. Services provided include screening and support groups for students with substance abuse concerns and assisting in providing supervision of activities including Youth to Youth and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). For more information contact your local school district.

Diversion Programs

Diversion programming aims to identify youth and young adults who have engaged in age-inappropriate use of alcohol and determine if an individual's alcohol abuse behavior can be reversed through education. Programming includes structured prevention education to change the behavior, screening for tendencies toward alcohol abuse and referral to outside agencies/services.

Primary Prevention Programs: Range from 10 to 14 ½ hours of education programming for youth under the age of 18 within a community based setting who are first time offenders of age-inappropriate use of alcohol.
Intensive Prevention Program: Range from 16 to 20 ½ hours of education programming for adolescents within a community based setting who have multiple offenses of age-inappropriate use of alcohol.
Young Adult Alcohol Diversion Program: 12 hours of education programming within the Circuit Court Districts for 19 to 20 year olds who have been referred to the program due to an alcohol-related offense.

Prevention Resource Centers

Prevention Resource Centers provide technical assistance, training and educational materials to promote wellness within the communities in their region. For more information contact your region's Prevention Resource Center.

Northeast Prevention Resource Center
Dodi Haug
123 19th Street NE, PO Box 1030
Watertown, SD 57201
Phone: 605-886-0123 or 1-800-444-3989
Counties Served: Beadle, Brookings, Brown, Campbell, Clark, Day, Codington, Deuel, Edmunds, Faulk, Grant, Hamlin, Hand, Hyde, Kingsbury, Marshall, McPherson, Potter, Roberts, Spink, Walworth

Southeast Prevention Resource Center
Melinda Olson
1309 West 51st Street, PO Box 89306
Sioux Falls, SD 57109-9306
Phone: 605-335-6474
Counties Served: Aurora, Bon Homme, Brule, Buffalo, Charles Mix, Clay, Davison, Douglas, Hanson, Hutchinson, Jerauld, Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Sanborn, Turner, Union, Yankton

Western Prevention Resource Center
Vonnie Ackerman
202 East Adams, PO Box 2813
Rapid City, SD 57709
Phone: 605-342-1593
Counties Served: Bennett, Butte, Corson, Custer, Dewey, Fall River, Gregory, Haakon, Harding, Hughes, Jackson, Jones, Lawrence, Lyman, Meade, Mellette, Pennington, Perkins, Shannon, Stanley, Sully, Todd, Tripp, Ziebach


Primary Prevention services help prevent the onset of use/misuse of alcohol and drugs and promote mental health. The targeted populations include general population or targeted groups with a demonstrated level of elevated risk.

Early Intervention services identify and support individuals who are having minimal but detectable signs or symptoms indicating a substance use and/or mental health disorders, but who do not currently meet diagnostic criteria that would indicate a need for treatment. This also includes linking individuals to further assessment services and/or other needed services. The targeted populations include individuals or a population subgroup whose risk of developing substance abuse and mental health disorders is significantly higher than average.

Recovery Supports are non-clinical assistance and support services provided to individuals with substance use and/or mental health problems aimed at assisting them in achieving long term recovery. The targeted populations includes individuals or a population subgroup whose risk of adverse outcomes from substance use and mental health problems is significantly higher than average.