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Informational Webinars

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In June 2021, the Division of Behavioral Health began hosting 90-minute informational webinars to provide a behind-the-scenes look at publicly funded behavioral health services in South Dakota. The webinars focus on community and correctional based publicly funded behavioral health services, prevention services, and share how the Division uses data to drive system improvement.

Webinar Date Materials
Specialized Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services 06/09/2021 Slides
Prevention Services 08/11/2021 Slides
FY21 Data and Outcomes 10/13/2021 Slides
Correctional Behavioral Health Services 12/08/2021 Slides
Behavioral Health Prevalence Data Overview 02/09/2022 Slides
Mental Health Services 04/13/2022 Slides

Beyond the Curtain is a webinar series hosted by the Division of Behavioral Health and the Human Services Center with the goal of promoting awareness and venturing beyond the unknowns of public funded behavioral health services.  This series aims to reduce the stigmas of behavioral health disorders and will provide and overview of treatment and support services in South Dakota.  Grab your lunch and join in as the Division of Behavioral Health and the Human Services Center hosts quarterly 90 minute webinars

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How Do I Help How does the Division of Behavioral Health and Human Service Center’s work apply to you and what can you do to help? Join us in a presentation on the basic signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use disorders as well as the steps to take when you’ve identified an individual who may need services. This presentation will remove the unknowns and stigmas of treatment and provide an overview of a day in the life of a client. 07/13/2022
Diving Into Data Take a deep breath, because in this session we are doing a deep dive into behavioral health prevalence rates in South Dakota. In this session, you will learn more about rates of mental health and substance use challenges in South Dakota from national data sources such as the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. We will also cover data and outcomes for individuals receiving publicly funded treatment services in the community as well as at the state’s inpatient behavioral health hospital, the Human Services Center. 10/12/2022 Slides
When Someone Doesn’t Know They Need Help Sometimes individuals have an emergency need for behavioral health care. In this session we will give an overview of the commitment processes for mental health and substance use disorders and Human Services Center (HSC) admissions. Learn who may be appropriate for an involuntary committal or HSC admission and how to start the process of accessing services for these individuals. 01/11/2023 Slides
Beyond Treatment: Support Services Healing and recovery from a behavioral health issue is not limited to standard inpatient and outpatient treatment. Additional services are often needed to support individuals on their paths to recovery or to meet basic needs. This presentation will provide an overview of the many publicly funded support services in South Dakota including Systems of Care (SOC), Supported Housing for Addiction Recovery Empowerment (SHARE), and more. 05/17/2023

Resources & Training to support school aged youth

Department of Education The Office of Student Wellness and Supports provides assistance and resources to educators so that they may support students’ needs involving behavioral and mental health, academic, and career.
Department of Public Safety The Office of Emergency Management has created several tools for kids and educators to teach children about what to do in an emergency and how to plan ahead with their families.
Safe2Say South Dakota Safe2Day South Dakota is a statewide tip line that allows South Dakota students, school staff, and community members to safely and anonymously report sensitive information that concerns their safety, or the safety of others, including mental health concerns
Department of Health The Office of Child and Family Services provides information on a variety of school health topics that provide schools with resources to maximize school health for students.
Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment CPCM focuses on delivering education, outreach and research geared toward eliminating child sexual abuse and maltreatment in South Dakota.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network Behavioral health resources for children and school communities in response to mass violence, weather related disasters and other child trauma.

When Crisis Comes: Supporting Students in Schools The University of South Dakota is FREE and UNLIMITED access to professional development focused on student & staff mental health and crisis prevention & response in schools. Complete the registration form to access the speaker series.
School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum

The University of South Dakota is offering FREE PREPaRE training for school staff that are committed to improving and strengthening their school safety, crisis management, and emergency response plans.

Advanced Suicide Prevention & Trauma-Informed Training Opportunities & Resources for School Professionals

This document provides more advanced suicide prevention and trauma-informed trainings and resources that school professionals who already have foundational training may find beneficial. Many of the trainings and resources are supported by the DSS. Others that are not directly funded have been researched and identified as additional options by DSS.

South Dakota Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a preventable public health problem. View the information below to learn how you can help prevent suicide.

Materials | Training
Bethe1SD Referral Card
Bethe1SD Brochure
Suicide Prevention Take Action Now
South Dakota Suicide Prevention State Plan 2020-2025
South Dakota Suicide Facts
Suicide Prevention Strategies

Avoid Opioid

Opioids are highly addictive narcotic substances commonly prescribed for chronic pain after surgery or injury. Even though they can provide relief for those struggling with chronic pain, they must be used with extreme caution. Often, people suffering from an opioid use disorder and their families do not know where to turn for help.

Order FREE opioid-related resources to learn everything you need to know to help your community avoid and recover from substance misuse, abuse and addiction.

Naloxone for South Dakota Employers 

During 2023 South Dakota Legislative Session, effective July 1, 2023, House Bill 1162 authorized employers to acquire and make available opioid antagonists.  Anyone taking a prescription opioid is at risk for an overdose, whether unintentional or not.  

Naloxone is a safe medication used to reverse an opioid overdose. It quickly restores normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin, prescription opioid pain medications, counterfeit drugs, and drugs laced with fentanyl.

Employers can access free training, resources and guidance on how obtain naloxone and respond quickly to an overdose.  

Anyone. Everyone

Meth addiction is everyone’s problem. There isn’t a single solution because meth is widespread. But we can approach it from different angles, so it doesn’t take over counties, towns and/or neighborhoods. Let’s work together. Learn how to help fight meth by viewing the information below.

South Dakota Intensive Methamphetamine Treatment Services
Anyone. Everyone. I Need Help.
Anyone. Everyone. I Want to Help.


OnTrackSD is an innovative treatment program for adolescents and young adults who are having thoughts and behaviors that seem out of the ordinary or who have started hearing or seeing things that others don’t. OnTrackSD helps people achieve their goals for school, work, and relationships. Take the first step to a brighter future with OnTrackSD and find a program near you.


The Drug Enforcement Administration’s One Pill Can Kill Campaign offers an opportunity for the media, parents, teachers, educators and community organizations to raise awareness about the dangers of counterfeit pills, urging all Americans to take only medications prescribed by a medical professional and dispensed by a licensed pharmacist. View the following materials to help you participate in bringing awareness.

Visit our Forms and Publications page for additional Behavioral Health Materials.


605 Strong connects South Dakotans to mental health services. Vouchers are currently available for SD state licensed or registered childcare providers and their employees.