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MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES



There are extensive and ongoing mental health services available for the people who live at the South Dakota Developmental Center. Each of the three program areas at SDDC has a team of mental health service providers. This includes behavior therapists or psychologists in each area; psychologist assistants; adult counselors; youth counselors; and chemical dependency counselors. The psychologists and behavior therapists are clinically supervised by a campus-wide mental health clinical supervisor. SDDC also has a consulting psychologist and consulting psychiatrists who maintain a regular schedule on campus.

Individual and Group Therapies
Individual and group therapies are mental health interventions that focus on changing a person’s behavior by changing thought processes through education, counseling, stress reduction, or other methods non-contingent on that person’s behavior. These therapies are considered to be positive approaches to managing or changing behaviors and are outcome-oriented with clear goals to accomplish.

Types of therapies include:


Mental health staff are responsible for writing Behavior Treatment Plans upon the recommendation of each person’s Interdisciplinary Team. Mental health staff are also responsible for keeping accurate behavioral data, doing initial in-servicing of behavior treatment plans, attending annual and special team meetings for the people assigned to their caseload, writing annual psychological assessments and participating in risk assessments for people. Mental health staff are instructors of the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention used across campus. They attend monthly medication reviews, participate in various committees, assist in getting people to psychiatrist consultations, and provide individual and group counseling for persons on their caseloads. These staff also attend required in-service training, provide consultations to community agencies when requested, and perform other duties as assigned.

Mental health meetings are scheduled monthly. All psychologists and behavior therapists from the program areas attend the weekly meetings of the Peer Review Committee to review newly- written Behavior Treatment Plans and review all psychotropic medications given and/or changed.

There are positions available at SDDC for psychology interns, and we have had several each year. Internship applications are available on-line from the State of South Dakota.