Human Services Center

Frequently Asked Questions

How are patients admitted to the Human Services Center? There are two ways a patient can be admitted: voluntarily or involuntarily. The admissions procedures are established by the State Mental Health Code, which can be found in South Dakota Codified Law section 27A.

What is the cost for treatment at Human Services Center? Treatment at the Human Services Center is for South Dakota residents. Cost of care is based on financial ability to pay. Specific information regarding costs can be discussed with individuals at their request.

Can a person just come to the Human Services Center to receive treatment? Individuals needing treatment services are advised to first consult their Community Mental Health Center. A pre-screening assessment can be completed by a Mental Health Center professional.

Some individuals may be able to best be served on an out-patient basis. Out-patient treatment would be the least disruptive to an individual's life, would be less expensive for them, and meets the requirement to serve individuals in the least restrictive alternative. Upon assessment, some people will be found to require in-patient treatment. The Community Mental Health Center can then assist those people with the procedures for admission at the Human Services Center.

How can a person be committed to the Human Services Center? Individuals who are found to seriously need treatment but refuse to give permission for treatment may be considered for commitment. The process of commitment begins with a contact to the States Attorney or the Chairman of the County Board of Mental Illness.

What should someone do in an emergency situation?

If a person is in crisis call local law enforcement. Law enforcement are trained to effectively assist individuals in this type of crisis.

If a patient is hospitalized at the Human Services Center, are family members allowed to visit or take their loved one for outings? Families are often encouraged to maintain contact with the patient through telephone calls, correspondence or personal visits. These contacts may be the best way of supporting the individual during their time of illness. Families may consult the patient's Social Worker before visiting or planning outings. The treatment team reviews the patient's condition to make a determination regarding visits or outings. Each patient's case is based on a highly individualized psychiatric condition.