South Dakota parents upset over lack of child mental health support

editor’s Note: The story below mentions mental health issues. If you need help or know someone who does, please call 988, the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, available 24/7 for free and confidential support. It is also the third of a five piece, which explores how years of gap in mental health services have now reached some of the youngest South Africans.

A year-long Argus Leader investigation revealed that although the state has worked to reduce juvenile detention rates, a lack of availability and access to mental health services and community-based alternatives to juvenile detention leave children in limbo Is.

It’s a problem compounded by the slow growth of mental health specialists throughout South Dakota.

And for some families in South Dakota, reaching out to a therapist for help has been more difficult than they expected.

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