State officials discuss solutions for behavioral healthcare in West River

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Law enforcement and mental health professionals came together on Thursday to discuss behavioral health care for Western South Dakota.  

Representatives from all throughout West River attended the meeting. Officials hope to improve the behavioral health care system in the Black Hills with the help of the Helmsley Trust Foundation. 

Although patients have access to outpatient facilities there is a lack of inpatient treatment centers. Those who are severely mentally ill must travel to Yankton to receive long term inpatient treatment. Many mental health cases subside within 24 to 48 hours. In those cases, many patients will go to Regional Hospital and be kept there.

For those who are put under a psychiatric hold, the process is different. A psychiatric hold is when a mental health professional determines that a patient is a danger to themselves or those around them. These patients typically need longer treatment in an inpatient facility.

With the grant from the Helmsley Trust Foundation officials hope to find a solution for those who may need emergency mental health or addiction treatment.

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