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Featured Article: Sept. 10, 2019

South Dakota Department of Social Services
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Pierre, SD 57501

For Immediate Release:  Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019
Media Contact:  Tia Kafka,

Department of Social Services announces new hospital administrator at the Human Services Center

PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Social Services (DSS) has named Jeremy Johnson as the Human Services Center (HSC) hospital administrator.

Johnson was named the interim administrator in June 2019. Johnson has been at HSC for 17 years in various roles. He has served in leadership roles most recently as the director of clinical services as well as the geriatric program director.

“Jeremy brings valuable experience and knowledge to the role of hospital administrator,” said state Department of Social Services Secretary Laurie Gill. “I am confident he has the skills necessary to lead HSC and maintain the hospital’s high standard of care for patients and the people of South Dakota.”

Johnson has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion and a Master of Social Work from the University of Iowa, Sioux City. Johnson is an active member of the Yankton community, volunteering at Servant Hearts Clinic and serving on the Yankton Area Homeless Shelter Board and the Yankton United Way Community Advisory Board.

HSC is a licensed in-patient state psychiatric hospital and chemical dependency treatment facility which provides services for acute, psychiatric rehabilitation, geriatric, and adolescent patients. The hospital has been providing care to the people of South Dakota since 1879.

The Department of Social Services strives to provide programs and services to strengthen, support, and protect children and families in South Dakota. For more information about Department of Social Services programs and services please visit our website at or visit a DSS local office.

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