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 workgroup was formed by the governor to help guide the long term vision of the future behavioral health system. This group is led by Lt. Governor Matt Michels and Senior Advisor Deb Bowman from the Governor's Office. Other members include legislators, community mental health and substance abuse providers, inpatient behavioral health providers, advocacy groups, and county mental illness boards as well as representatives from the Department.

The group will identify systems change initiatives important to realizing improvements in how we do business, greater efficiencies and leveraging Medicaid to better meet the needs of those who seek behavioral health care needs. Even more importantly though, is the identification of ways to continue to help people with behavioral health needs achieve outcomes important to them and their families.

Behavioral Health Services Workgroup Meeting Minutes:

Other Documents

Guiding Principles and Goal Areas of the Workgroup:

Prevention Subcommittee

Geriatric Subcommittee

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