Laurie Gill
Cabinet Secretary

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South  Dakota  Human Services  Center

Overview of Services

The South Dakota Human Services Center (HSC) is a licensed specialty hospital and the state’s only public psychiatric hospital. HSC provides inpatient psychiatric treatment, adult inpatient substance use disorder treatment, and skilled nursing home care to patients who are unable to be served in less restrictive settings.  The hospital’s operating capacity is 277 beds.

  • Adult Acute Psychiatric Program
  • Adult Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Recovery Program
  • Geriatric Nursing Home Program
  • Adolescent Psychiatric Program
  • Adult Substance Use Disorder Program

Program Descriptions

Adult Acute Psychiatric Program. The Adult Acute program provides for initial assessment and stabilization of adult psychiatric patients, ages 18 years and older. Emphasis is on providing care, treatment, and stabilization services that will enable the patients to return to and function in the community at the earliest possible time. Depending on their needs, once stabilized and assessed, some patients discharge back to the community after being served by this program while other patients transfer to the Psychiatric Rehabilitation or Geriatric Program. Each patient receives in individualized treatment plan and the program promotes and facilitates the patient’s independent functioning in daily activities, including group and individual treatment.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program. The Psychiatric Rehabilitation program provides individualized and person-centered services for adult patients who are coping with persistent mental illness and who need to remain at the hospital for medication management or skills building. The goal of the program is to assist the patients through strength-based treatment, while developing the skills that will help them to live in the least restrictive setting possible. Treatment is provided to empower the patient to take responsibility for their education, training, and vocational experiences in preparation for community reintegration.

Geriatric Nursing Home Program. The Geriatric program provides nursing home care for patients who, because of the severity of their illness, cannot be served by a nursing home in the community. Staff prepare a comprehensive individualized treatment plan for every patient, with emphasis on providing the patient every opportunity to function as independently as possible in activities of daily living.  A treatment goal is for the patient to live in the least restrictive environment, including discharge when appropriate community support services are available. Care, treatment, and rehabilitation provided by direct-care staff is coordinated with occupational therapy, social services, and therapeutic recreational programming.  Additional services are available on a referral basis from a registered dietitian, occupational therapist, physical therapist, psychologist, speech/hearing pathologist, and audiologist.

Adolescent Psychiatric Program. The Adolescent program provides adolescents with inpatient psychiatric treatment for individuals 12 through 17 years of age. The program’s goals are to develop and initiate individualized treatment and discharge plans, provide effective treatment, and to support the patient in transition to home or another appropriate placement setting. The program provides short, intermediate, and longer-term placements and services for youth depending on their needs.

Adult Inpatient Substance Use Disorder Program.  The Adult Inpatient Substance Use Disorder program serves adults 18 and older with a primary chemical dependency diagnosis.  Patients may also have a co-occurring mental health disorder. Treatment for chemical dependency is based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Additionally, this program utilizes Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Contingency Management to assist with recovery. Patients must be detoxified and drug-free 72 hours prior to admission.

Non-discrimination statement regarding participation in the SD DOE Child and Adult Nutrition Program

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800.877.8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866.632.9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
  2. Fax: 202.690.7442
  3. Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For more information, contact the Child and Adult Nutrition Services office at 605.773.3413.