DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

Shawnie Rechtenbaugh, Department Secretary



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SOUTH DAKOTA DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER

The South Dakota Developmental Center (SDDC) is a short-term residential Intermediate Care facility for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The facility was established by an act of the legislature in 1899 and SDDC was opened for admissions in 1902. SDDC is a division of the South Dakota Department of Human Services. The SDDC campus is located on state-owned land near the northwest city limits of Redfield..

The SDDC population is projected to stabilize at 100 people receiving supports at the facility. The population decrease from the high of approximately 1,200 people in the mid-1960s, is a direct result of the establishment of community-based service providers in various locations throughout the state. These community-based services have made it possible for people to live closer to their families and receive services in less-restrictive community settings.

 

PROVISION OF SERVICES

The SDDC utilizes a person centered approach when designing individualized services. After completion of a comprehensive functional assessment process, the person, their family/guardian and that interdisciplinary team develop an individualized treatment plan designed to assist the person with achieving their goals.

The strengths, preferences and abilities of the people receiving services at the SDDC are quite diverse. The SDDC service delivery system offers treatment in the areas of:  personal care, social interaction skills, behavioral impulse control, daily living skills, vocational supports, educational supports, recreational activities and learning the skills necessary to make better choices, which will result in a more autonomous life for each person.

 

OPPORTUNITIES

Recreational activities are an integral part of every person’s life. At the SDDC, opportunities are provided for socialization and participation in a variety of activities such as attending movies, sporting events, field trips, swimming, shopping, dining out, fishing and boating.