Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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June 9,2017

South Dakota Receives Grant to Combat Opioid Use

PIERRE S.D. – The Department of Social Services (DSS), Division of Behavioral Health will receive $2 million in federal funding to help combat opioid use in South Dakota.

“Nationally, states have seen significant increases in opioid use. While South Dakota’s rate remains low, we have seen an increase in use,” said state Department of Social Services Secretary Lynne Valenti. “This grant will provide additional resources in prevention services and treatment with the goal to reverse this trend.”

U.S. Health and Human Services is providing grants to help states and territories combat opioid addiction. Funding will support a comprehensive array of prevention, treatment and recovery services for communities across the state.

The grant will address barriers and expand access to clinically appropriate evidence-based practices for opioid use disorders. This will be done through enhanced emergency response with naloxone distribution to first responders, expanded access to treatment through in-person and telehealth care delivery and increased professional competency among physician, prescriber and treatment providers through training.

“South Dakota providers will be better equipped to prevent and treat opioid use disorders more efficiently and effectively as a result of this project,” said Secretary Valenti.

DSS has initiated the first phase of the project by partnering with the South Dakota Department of Health and the Opioid Abuse Advisory Committee to conduct a needs assessment and develop a statewide strategic plan.

For more information about behavioral health services, please contact DSS Division of Behavioral Health at 605-773-3123, or online at