Lynne A. Valenti
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Featured Article: Oct. 12, 2017

Department of Social Services Provides Funding to Communities for Mental Health Crisis Services

PIERRE S.D. – The Department of Social Services (DSS) has awarded funds to support crisis response services throughout the state.

The crisis grants are a result of the Task Force on Community Justice and Mental Illness Early Intervention recommendations and HB 1183, which Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed into law this year. The funds are aimed at helping entities establish new crises response services and expanding existing services.

“Supporting communities in their efforts to divert individuals with mental illness from the criminal justice system was a primary goal of the task force,” said state Department of Social Services Secretary Lynne Valenti. “This funding will help us accomplish that goal and help individuals with mental illness receive the support they need.”

The following entities were awarded funding:

  • Behavior Management Systems received $28,722 to support the Crisis Care Center, which provides services to individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis.
  • Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health Services received $35,173 to support the telehealth delivery of mental health evaluations, along with trainings focused on crisis intervention with the Charles Mix county jail.
  • Minnehaha County received $18,750 to support local meetings with stakeholders and national experts on jail diversion programs. The grant money will also fund collaborative planning efforts for building a comprehensive crisis response infrastructure and related training.

For more information about behavioral health services, please contact DSS Division of Behavioral Health at 605-773-3123, or online at dss.sd.gov/behavioralhealth/.

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