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Accreditation Information

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The Office of Licensing and Accreditation accredits Prevention, Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Mental Health agencies across the state utilizing an on-site survey process. During the on-site survey, the Division reviews the agency to ensure adherence to the Administrative Rules of South Dakota (ARSD) 67:61 and 67:62. The scores are derived from the on-site survey, which includes a review of policies and procedures, personnel and case file records. The on-site survey also includes interviews with clients, administration and agency staff.

The agencies are reviewed every two to three years based on their previous on-site review score. Agencies with a score of 90 percent or higher are granted a three-year accreditation certificate, and agencies with a score between 70 to 89 percent are granted a two-year accreditation certificate. If an agency scores 70 percent or less, the agency may be placed on probation. The Office reviews the following areas:

  • Governance
  • General Management Requirements
  • Core Service Responsibilities
  • Personnel
  • Client Rights
  • Clinical Processes
  • Medication Control in Residential Programs
  • Dietary Services
  • Environmental Sanitation Safety and Fire Prevention
  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Intensity of Services

If you are interested in becoming an accredited behavioral health provider, please contact the Office of Licensure and Accreditation at 605.367.5236.

Data and Outcomes for Publicly Funded Behavioral Health Services

The Division of Behavioral Health collects data and outcomes pertaining to publicly funded behavioral health services and compiles this information on an annual basis. Please click the links below to view the FY20 State Profile and Executive Summary.

Visit our Provider Accreditation Search page to view agency level data and outcomes.

FY20 State Profile

FY20 Executive Summary