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DHS Releases Continuum of Care Report





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 21, 2020

Contact: Dan Hoblick, Department of Human Services, 605-773-6463

 

DHS Releases Continuum of Care Report  

 

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) today released a report that highlights the continuum of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) within South Dakota.

 

“Individuals with I/DD deserve the opportunity to live in the most integrated setting based on their needs,” said DHS Secretary Shawnie Rechtenbaugh.

 

Earlier this year, a consultant conducted an assessment of the state’s I/DD services and provided recommendations to strengthen the system. 

 

Based on the recommendations within the report, the state is issuing a request to solicit information from interested providers to establish regional crisis diversion centers in the Sioux Falls and Rapid City area.

 

“The diversion centers would allow the department to offer regional access to our most intensive level of care which historically has only been available in Redfield. This is an opportunity to serve people closer to home,” Rechtenbaugh added.

 

The South Dakota Developmental Center will continue to serve the central region of the state with an emphasis on transitional living to assist individuals with becoming more independent and moving to a less restrictive environment.

 

For the full report and the solicitation for information, please visit https://dhs.sd.gov/continuum.aspx.

 

The regional crisis diversion centers will be certified as intermediate care facilities by the South Dakota Department of Health.

 

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