Parent Resources


Community/State Resources & Contacts

24-Hour Free Assessment Line
Phone: 1-800-691-4336 (toll free) 
Services: Call to speak with a confidential assessment counselor available 24 hours a day for any of your behavioral health concerns, such as depression, ADHD, autism, Asperger's Syndrome, addiction, anxiety disorders, conduct disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and risk of suicide.

Child or Adolescent Programs
Contact: Steve Lindquist, Associate Vice-President
Address: 4400 West 69th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Phone: (605) 322-4065 or 1-800-691-4336 (24-hour free assessment line)
Fees: Medicare, Medicaid, and Insurance
Eligibility: Children ages 4-11 years; adolescents ages 12-18 years.

Address: 2412 South Cliff Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Phone: (605) 322-4079
Fees: Insurance (fees vary by service)

Birth to Three Connections | Center for Disabilities
Contact: Shelly Grinde, Birth to Three Program Coordinator
Phone: (605) 357-1439 or 1-800-658-3080 (toll free)
Fees: None
Services: Program available to any family with a child Birth to 3 years old that has difficulty learning, growing, or behaving like other children in their age group, or has a medical condition that doctors feel may need special attention. Works with other agencies to support families with children Birth to 3 years with identifying needs and accessing community services.

Deaf-Blind ProgramCenter for Disabilities
Contact: Austin Winberg, Deaf-Blind Program Coordinator
Phone: (605) 357-1439 or 1-800-658-3080 (toll free)
Fees: None
Services: Ensures that the unique needs of children Birth to 21 years with a dual-sensory impairment are met with high-quality, appropriate services.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Center for Disabilities
Contact: Shelly Grinde, Director of Supports and Services
Phone: (605) 357-1439 or 1-800-658-3080 (toll free)
Hours: Clinics are held 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month on the Augustana College Campus
Fees: Call for information on specific costs
Services: Provides appropriate diagnoses of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) with on-site consultation to assist with the implementation of recommendations as a result of the diagnosis.

LifeScape (Children's Care Hospital and School)
Contact: Dianna Rajski, CEO
Phone: (605) 782-2300 or 1-800-584-9294 (toll free)
Phone: (605) 334-6004
Services: Residential and psychiatric treatment to emotionally disturbed and learning disabled children and their parents.

Contact: Joan Frevik, Director
Phone: (605) 367-7680
Services: Career and Technical Education, Career Guidance, Career Placement, Health EdVenture, Transition Advantage (helps young adults ages 18-21 who require assistance and support while pursuing transition goals. It is a community-based program assisting in employment and independent-living skills through the Individual Education Plan team process), High Impact (a program designed to meet the needs of area youth whose behavior has created a need for an alternative placement), and residential treatment facilities.

Address: 47135  260th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57107
Phone: (605) 339-1203
Fees: Daily cost of care and education tuition
Eligibility: All programs serve boys 10-18 year; Independent Living Program for boys 18-20 years; Evening Treatment Program serves both boys and girls.
Services: Community Reintegration, Crisis Stabilization, Evening Treatment Program, Residential Group Care and Independent Living Program, Respite Care, and Short-Term Assessments.

Contact: Kristy Jackson
Phone: (605) 367-7680

Contact: Douglas Anderson, Clinical Director
Address: 2109 South Norton Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Phone: (605) 334-2696
Fees: Medicare and Medicaid accepted
Services: Individual, marital, and family therapy; psychological evaluation and testing; therapy for children, and group therapy

Contact:  Robert J. Kean, Executive Director
Address:  2121 West 63th Place, Suite 30,  Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Phone: (605) 361-7438
Fees: Typically free
Services: Designated by Governor to assist in providing protection and advocacy to eligible South Dakotans. Persons with developmental disabilities, mental illness or participating in rehabilitation services, or parents, relatives, guardians, friends, teachers, attorneys, professionals, or others concerned with the rights of the disabled are invited to contact South Dakota Advocacy Services.

Contact for Cooperative Schools: Rebecca Cain, Regional Rep.
Phone: (605) 280-3568

Contact: Elaine Roberts, Director
Address: 3701 West 49th Street Suite 102, Sioux Falls, SD 57106
Phone: (605) 361-3171 or 1-800-640-4553 (toll free)
Fees: None
Eligibility: Serves children Birth to 26 years with any type of disability or special health care need.
Services: Provides information, training resources and assistance to parents, educators, and service providers caring for children with disabilities or special health care needs. Services include: lending library, quarterly newsletter, linking parents for support, individualized technical assistance, parent/professional information workshops regarding disability issues, and various volunteer/educational opportunities for individuals/families/professionals.

Contact: Vicki Rowe, CEO
Address: 2000 South Summit Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Phone: (605) 336-0510
Services: Outpatient counseling, special education, adult day services, vocational, home-based, group, residential, supervised apartments, and consultation services.

Contact: Dr. Harriet Scott, Clinical Director
Phone: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or DIAL 211
Fees: None
Services: 24-hour statewide crisis hotline that provides confidential listening and support services, and direct crisis intervention for individuals considering suicide. The Helpline receives calls from individuals who are suicidal, or from friends or family members of someone who may be suicidal.

Contact: Bev Petersen
Address: 811 East 10th Street, Dept. 21, Sioux Falls, SD 57103
Phone: (605) 367-5330

Volunteers of America Dakotas
Contact: Pam Bollinger, CEO
Address: 1309 West 51st Street, Sioux Falls, SD  57105
Phone: (605) 334-1414 or 1-800-365-8336 (toll free)
Programs: Alcohol and Drug Aftercare Program for Youth, Bowden Youth Center, Child Care and Family Literacy Center, Circle of Hope Childcare Center, Crisis Child Care, Even Start Family Literacy Program, Family Crisis Intervention, Foster Care Services for Youth, Group Care Program for Youth, Heisler Chemical Dependency Treatment Program, Highway Safety Program, Life Marks Counseling and Mediation Services, New-Start, Psychiatric Residential Treatment, South Dakota Family Support Program, Southeastern Prevention Resource Center, Tobacco Prevention Program, Youth Link/Kids Campus