BREAKING GROUND: Crisis Stabilization Unit to expand western South Dakota’s mental healthcare capabilities

The $6.2 million project will elevate stabilization care for the Rapid City community and the western part of South Dakota.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — In the start of 2021 – Rapid City saw the opening of the OneHeart Campus, which had goals of improving the lives of those in need.

Nine months later – ground was broken for the Crisis Stabilization Unit located next to the OneHeart Campus on Kansas City Street with similar goals in mind.

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To help run the Crisis Stabilization Unit, local law enforcement and mental health care professionals are combing forces for the betterment of who the new center will serve.

“We’re very innovative and that’s because of the partnerships we have locally and across the state, and I think we’re going to lead the charge throughout the nation on things we can do in communities of our size to take really good care of people,” said Barry Tice, the director of Pennington County Health and Human Services.

The $6.2 million, 14,000 square foot project will offer 24 beds to people around the western part of the South Dakota. Currently those involved in stabilization and offering care to those patients in our community can only offer 24-hours of help.

That will change with new facility where subjects will be given a three to five day window – before they’re referred to other resources.

“Some people need more than 24 hours to stabilize, and then they’re able to get more supports that they need more services lined up so they’ll just have a better outcome when they leave the facility,” said Linda Kilber, the CEO of Behavioral Management Systems.

The unit also offering help to officers who interact with people in our community that need those resources.

“When folks need help, we need them here in our community as opposed to shipping them across the state and that’s probably why this is great to have in our community is that folks will be closer to their resources and closer to their family members and support, and that’s so important when you’re in a mode of crisis,” said Rapid City Police Chief Don Hedrick.

Construction is set to be completed in 2022.

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