$4.6M Crisis Stabilization Unit planned for Rapid City

Construction awaits state funding.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The next step in crisis care is in the works right here in Rapid City but needs to jump through legislative hoops before becoming reality. A Crisis Stabilization Unit is planned to work in conjunction with the Care Campus and OneHeart.

Senate Bill 133 would approve $4.6 million dollars for the Department of Social Services to build the Crisis Stabilization Unit. To be built directly next to the Care Campus, the 13,000 square foot facility will expand the existing crisis care center and intertwine all available services.

“There are a lot of co-occurring disorders,” said Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom. “People have substance abuse issues with mental health so being able to address both of those in a one-stop shop setting makes it more efficient and more effective.”

Patients currently stay at the facility up to 24 hours. The expansion would extend the state to five days. Eight beds would become 24. The facility would also keep patients from having to travel to Yankton to the State’s Human Services Center.

The goal is to keep individuals closer to home.

“It helps with the coordination planning, it helps with the discharge planning so that you’re able to respond to the environment that you’re in to get help from your local network and community support services we have available here in Pennington County,” said Linda Reidt Kilber, CEO of Behavior Management Systems.

Since 2015, the state has studied mental health needs in local communities, identifying a crisis stabilization unit as the number one recommendation.

“If we can develop a project where individuals who continuously really go through the circle of the emergency room and crisis care and HSC and start to reduce those numbers then this is exactly what this is designed for,” said Barry Tice, Health and Human Services Director in Pennington County.

The bill heads next to the joint appropriations committee for approval.

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