Lynne A. Valenti
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September 15, 2011

Human Services Center Earns Accreditation for its Adolescent Chemical Dependency Program 

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Human Services Center (HSC), in Yankton, has received a three-year accreditation by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International for its Adolescent Chemical Dependency Program. 

“This is a high level of accreditation received by HSC and an accomplishment our staff take a lot of pride in achieving,” said Pam VanMeeteren, CNP, Interim Administrator of HSC. “With consistent policies and practices demonstrated throughout the facility, we continue to provide high level, quality services to ensure all patients receive excellent treatment and services.”

This is the first accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has awarded to HSC. This represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the facility’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. During a three-day on-site visit earlier this summer, the CARF survey team reviewed over 1,400 areas of the facility, including documentation from the past six months, treatment and services provided. 

“I congratulate the staff at HSC on achieving this accreditation. They work hard each day to serve individuals who have behavioral health needs and are committed to providing individualized, professional treatment services to allow patients to achieve their highest level of personal independence,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, secretary for the Department of Social Services.

Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. They are an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit

HSC has been providing services in South Dakota since 1879, and is a division of the South Dakota Department of Social Services. HSC is currently under the direction of Pam VanMeeteren, CNP, Interim Administrator.

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