Rapid City clinic may fill mental health care gap

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) A medical clinic in Rapid City is trying to convert 3,000-square-feet (279-sq. meters) of its unused space into a mental health center for their 14,000 area patients.

The City Council authorized Mayor Steve Allender and the finance department director to sign an agreement to divert $520,000 from a city fund toward the space in mid-December. The Community Health Center of the Black Hills first had their mental health center funding approved in 2016.

The Rapid City Journal reports that the center's impending construction could fill a gap in accessible mental health care in western South Dakota. The closest state-run mental health facility is about 350 miles (563 kilometers) away in Yankton.

CEO Tim Trithart says that about 20 percent of the center's patients have some mental health diagnoses.


Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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