Community Behavioral Health

Indigent Medication Program

The Division of Community Behavioral Health assists individuals with a diagnosed mental illness, who have exhausted all other assistance options and cannot afford to purchase their much needed psychotropic medications and/or lab costs.

An individual is considered to have a mental illness if they meet the requirements of diagnosis regarding schizophrenia, mood, paranoid, panic or other severe anxiety disorder, somatiform disorder, personality disorder, other psychotic disorder, or other mental disability that may lead to a chronic disability, as defined in the DSM-IV-TR.

NOTE: Due to the numerous referrals from the community mental health centers and consumers and/or family members of consumers who are looking for assistance with the costs of psychotropic medications, the Division can not guarantee that all the individuals who apply for this program will be assisted.

PREFERENCE: Preference is given to individuals who are frequently hospitalized and/or suffer frequent crises due to lack of personal funds to purchase medications or have been denied by pharmaceutical company's indigent medication programs or whose pharmaceutical indigent funding or medical assistance application is being processed.

Who qualifies for this program?

  1. Individuals who are maintained in the community under a forced medication order and who are ineligible for medical assistance.

  2. Other individuals referred by Community Mental Health Centers who:
  • actively participate in treatment, rehabilitation, and/or support services,
  • are ineligible for medical assistance,
  • do not have a supplemental or health insurance policy which covers prescription medications,
  • seek financial assistance.
  1. People on a waiting list to receive services from a Community Mental Health Center who:
  • are ineligible for medical assistance,
  • do not have a supplemental or health insurance policy which covers prescription medications,
  • seek financial assistance
  1. Individuals discharged from the Human Services Center within the past six months, who will be receiving services from a mental health provider other than a Community Mental Health Center who:
  • are ineligible for medical assistance,
  • do not have a supplemental or health insurance policy which covers prescription medications,
  • seek financial assistance.

What medications or services are covered?

  • Psychotropic medications or medications to treat mental illnesses.
  • Medications that are used along with psychotropic medications that decrease the side effects associated with psychotropic medications.
  • Laboratory work that lets the physician know that the medication dosage is at a therapeutic level.
Before a referral is considered, the Division of Community Behavioral Health must receive the following:
  • Signed Indigent Medication release of information
  • Referral Form
  • Names and doses of psychotropic medications and/or lab orders
  • Pharmacy or Lab name, fax, and phone number
  • Diagnosis
  • Date of last hospitalization
In addition to the eligibility criteria, individuals seeking assistance must:
  • Agree to take all psychotropic medications as prescribed,
  • Not sell, give away or otherwise distribute medications intended for their personal use,
  • Keep all scheduled psychiatric appointments and comply with treatment,
  • Develop a plan for long term needs as state funding is limited,
  • Understand funding may end with no longer than a 30 day notice,
  • Be a South Dakota resident,
  • Continue to exhaust other funding resources.
To apply for the Indigent Medication Program, please complete the below application. Once completed, please mail or fax to:
  • Division of Community Behavioral Health
    Hillsview Properties Plaza
    East Highway 34
    c/o 500 East Capitol
    Pierre, South Dakota 57501-5070
  • Phone: 605-773-5991
  • Fax: 605-773-7076
  • Indigent Medication Referral Form