South Dakota has a population of approximately 853,175 people. Close to 3.9% of adults in South Dakota (according to SAMHSA) live with serious mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression.
Public mental health and substance use services in South Dakota are administered and provided by the South Dakota Department of Social Services-Behavioral Health Services Division.
Only 48.2% of adults with mental illness in South Dakota receive any form of treatment from either the public system or private providers (according to SAMHSA). The remaining 51.8% receive no mental health treatment. According to Mental Health America, South Dakota is ranked 34th out of the 50 states and Washington D.C. for providing access to mental health services.
Medicaid is a combined state and federal program that provides health coverage to people with low income, including those who are unable to work because of a mental health disability. Residents of South Dakota can apply for Medicaid through the South Dakota Health Marketplace.
Other South Dakota Resources
South Dakota Department of Social Services-Behavioral Health Services Division.
South Dakota Medicaid
South Dakota 211 – 2-1-1 is a free referral and information helpline that connects people to a wide range of health and human services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To contact 2-1-1 in any state, including South Dakota, simply dial the numbers 2-1-1 from any phone.
National Alliance on Mental Illness–South Dakota – The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a nationwide advocacy group, representing families and people affected by mental health disorders in the United States. The national organization is organized into state and local affiliates, of which NAMI–South Dakota is one.