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PROGRAMS - SERVICES OFFERED
 

The mission of the South Dakota Developmental Center is to provide individualized treatment services and supports to people with developmental disabilities and challenging behaviors only when needed services are not available in a community setting.

The services are divided into three program areas.

Program One serves men with challenging behaviors. The overall intent of Program One is to focus on increasing people’s understanding of how their behaviors affect themselves and others, help people understand the boundaries of appropriate behavior, help them learn to accept responsibility for their own behavior and aid people and their families in replacing negative behaviors with positive behaviors. Program One offers specialized services for people who have been referred because of extremely challenging behaviors. Progress in treatment affords people an opportunity to move to a transitional living area as they increase their ability to make well-informed decisions and choices. Development of vocational skills and appropriate behavior in the work setting are the keystones of training in Program One.


Program Two, also known as the Turtle Creek Youth Program, serves male and female youth with challenging behaviors within four living areas. The Turtle Creek Youth Program is a year round educational and residential program for behaviorally challenged school-aged youth ages 10 to 21. All youth are enrolled in and receive their education through the Redfield Public School. In addition, the program offers training in social, vocational and domestic skills, making good life choices, group and individual counseling, and recreational activities.

Program Three provides services to a wide range of people of varying ages and skill levels. Program 3 serves men and women, many of whom have very challenging behaviors requiring intensive supports or who typically require a great deal of assistance with daily living needs. One module in Program 3 is equipped with a proximity locking systems to provide a safe living environment for those people who do not possess necessary safety skills and may wander from the area.  The remaining living areas are locked modules and keys are provided as determined by the Interdisciplinary team.  Based upon individualized needs teaching is provided to improve skills in the areas of vocational, daily living, socialization, recreation, and communication.