Mental Health Stabilization Facility Needed In Yankton

Mental Health Stabilization Facility Needed In Yankton

Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health Services in Yankton is asking South Dakota legislators to fund a mental health crisis stabilization facility to address an expected rise in calls to the suicide hotline.

At the legislative level, the issue was discussed last week by the Mental Health Services Delivery Task Force, regarding the mental health options available regionally to address the expected increase in mental health cases.

Lewis and Clark Behavioral Health Executive Director Tom Stanage says there is a need for a residential crisis stabilization facility in Yankton…

Stange adds that their facility does not have room for a necessary stabilization unit…

The proposed facility would also help relieve some of the choke points in the current way mental health crises are handled resulting in getting people in mental health crisis the appropriate help faster, freeing up emergency department and police time and jail cells.