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Aberdeen Added to Autism Study Public Forums

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

CONTACT: Patrick Baker, DHS communications officer, (605) 773-5990 or patrick.baker@state.sd.us


Aberdeen Added to Autism Study Public Forums


PIERRE, S.D. – Aberdeen has been added to the list of locations for public forums being conducted in conjunction with a statewide autism study. Rapid City, Pierre and Sioux Falls will also host public forums in August.


Last month the state departments of Human Services and Labor and Regulation selected Health Management Associates to carry out a study on the treatment of autism spectrum disorders for children in South Dakota. Details about the public forums are as follows:

  • Aug. 19, 5-6:30 p.m. MDT, Rapid City, Ramkota Convention Center Legion 1-2, 2111 N. LaCrosse St.
  • Aug. 20, noon-1:30 p.m. CDT, Aberdeen, Dakota Event Center South Dakota Gold Rush Room, 720 Lamont St.
  • Aug. 20, 5-6:30 p.m. CDT, Pierre, Ramkota Gallery F and G, 920 W. Sioux Ave.
  • Aug. 21, 5-6:30 p.m. CDT, Sioux Falls, Ramkota Amphitheater II, 3200 W. Maple St.


The forums will allow interested members of the public to provide input on autism spectrum disorders and the study. Input may also be conveyed via email at autismstudy@state.sd.us.


Enacted by the South Dakota Legislature earlier this year, the study aims to analyze the availability and effectiveness of autism care services for children as well as the impact of requiring insurance plans to cover services. A report will be issued to the Governor and Legislature by Nov.15, 2014.


Updates on the study will be posted to autism.sd.gov.


Need for auxiliary aids or services

Facilities are accessible to people with mobility impairments. If you need auxiliary aids or services in order to participate in the meeting (e.g., sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, materials in alternative format), please submit a request to DHS staff at (800) 265-9684. To ensure auxiliary aids or services are available, please make the request(s) at least 10 days in advance of the meeting.


About DHS

The South Dakota Department of Human Services’ mission is to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities, in partnership with its stakeholders, through the programs and services offered by its divisions. Learn more by visiting the department’s website, dhs.sd.gov, and viewing the DHS Strategic Plan.


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