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At CACS we are proud to…

Provide exceptional and effective care to individuals and families in central South Dakota by empowering those we serve, focusing on strengths, and promoting wellness within our communities.

Mental Health Services

At CACS, our trained and experienced staff provide responsive, effective, and individualized therapeutic care across the lifespan. Mental health is an integral part of overall health and wellness. CACS professionals recognize that each person brings unique experiences, strengths, and goals that drive their plans for services.  Treatment recommendations consider personal needs and preferences and may include individual, group, or family sessions. CACS offers the unique ability to connect to multiple treatment teams and resources internally, as well as having the ability to also wrap in a network of supports within the community to provide the most comprehensive care.  Regardless of where a person is in their journey, CACS strives to create a safe place for all to explore their experiences and build skills to enhance their lives. 

Substance Use Services

​A substance use disorder (SUD) is a disease that occurs when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes significant impairments in an individual’s life. Impairments may include physical or mental health problems, disability, and failure to meet primary responsibilities at work, school, or home.  Substance use disorders can range from mild to severe. The first step in getting help for substance use is to complete a comprehensive assessment. At CACS, our qualified SUD staff can provide assessment services and treatment recommendations. Treatment recommendations for substance use disorders are individualized to the person’s needs through various professional and natural supports such as outpatient treatment, support groups, and peer specialists.

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Psychiatric Services

A psychiatric provider is a medical provider who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illnesses, including substance abuse disorders. Psychiatric providers are uniquely qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological disturbance. Their medical education has given them a full working knowledge of the many causes for a patient’s feelings and symptoms. Equipped with this understanding, psychiatric providers can make a complete, accurate diagnosis and then recommend or provide treatment.

Therapeutic Foster Care

Therapeutic Foster Care is a family foster home based treatment program. TFC parents provide nurturing basic day-to-day care for a foster child in a safe environment, but treatment foster parents are also expected to provide extra time and effort to help a child meet their emotional and behavioral needs. The TFC clinical specialist and treatment parents partner with a treatment team including: the child’s therapist, school, medical providers, guardian agency and any others providing services to that child. The goal of the TFC Program is to address the causes of a child’s emotional problems and help them to change their behavior allowing the child to live a more functional life in a family, school and community.

Therapeutic Foster Care
Zero Suicide

Zero Suicide

Zero Suicide is an aspirational challenge and practical framework with the foundational belief that suicide deaths for individuals under the care of health and behavioral health systems are preventable. Using the Zero Suicide framework, Capital Area Counseling Services (CACS) is dedicated to a system-wide transformation toward safer suicide care by routinely and consistently embedding evidence-based practices focused on patient safety and offering hope for recovery for people at risk for suicide.  

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Tribal communities deserve respectful and culturally appropriate mental health support that acknowledges their values, traditions, and experiences. SAMHSA has resources for Tribal communities at 988lifeline.org/help-yourself/native-americans/ #mentalhealthmatters #MHAM2024 ... See MoreSee Less

Tribal communities deserve respectful and culturally appropriate mental health support that acknowledges their values, traditions, and experiences. SAMHSA has resources for Tribal communities at 988lifeline.org/help-yourself/native-americans/ #MentalHealthMatters #mham2024

Everyone deserves access to respectful and culturally appropriate care.

🟢Cultural differences should be respected and celebrated when providing mental health support.
🟢Mental health care providers are encouraged to consider the cultural nuances and needs of the diverse communities they serve.
🟢Addressing and reducing barriers to treatment are the first steps to building more equitable health systems.
🟢Together, we can improve access to mental health care for people from racial and ethnic minority groups.
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Everyone deserves access to respectful and culturally appropriate care.

🟢Cultural differences should be respected and celebrated when providing mental health support.
🟢Mental health care providers are encouraged to consider the cultural nuances and needs of the diverse communities they serve.
🟢Addressing and reducing barriers to treatment are the first steps to building more equitable health systems.
🟢Together, we can improve access to mental health care for people from racial and ethnic minority groups.

Glowing from the inside out? Pregnancy is beautiful, but it can also be emotionally complex. This #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth, remember it’s okay to not feel okay. Mood swings, anxiety, or feeling overwhelmed are all common. If you’re struggling, you’re not alone! SAMHSA has resources to support your mental health journey. ➡️ 988lifeline.org/help-yourself/maternal-mental-health/ ... See MoreSee Less

Glowing from the inside out? Pregnancy is beautiful, but it can also be emotionally complex. This #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth, remember it’s okay to not feel okay. Mood swings, anxiety, or feeling overwhelmed are all common. If you’re struggling, you’re not alone! SAMHSA has resources to support your mental health journey. ➡️ 988lifeline.org/help-yourself/maternal-mental-health/

TAKE THE MOMENT TO PRIORITIZE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH:

Pregnancy and giving birth can be joyful and can also present a variety of strong emotions for pregnant and postpartum people.

🟢Strong emotions may include feeling overwhelmed, scared, tired, worried, and inadequate. Depression, anxiety, and other symptoms during and after pregnancy are common and treatable. They affect new parents of every culture, age, gender, race, and income level.
🟢For many people, these feelings go away on their own, in time. But for some, these emotions are more serious and require assistance. Help is available. You are not alone. Asking for help can help keep you and your baby as healthy as possible.
🟢Unaddressed maternal health issues can lead to pregnancy-related death and unintentional harm to you or your baby.
🟢Proper self-care and seeking help when you need it can help you maintain good mental health.
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TAKE THE MOMENT TO PRIORITIZE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH:

Pregnancy and giving birth can be joyful and can also present a variety of strong emotions for pregnant and postpartum people.

🟢Strong emotions may include feeling overwhelmed, scared, tired, worried, and inadequate. Depression, anxiety, and other symptoms during and after pregnancy are common and treatable. They affect new parents of every culture, age, gender, race, and income level.
🟢For many people, these feelings go away on their own, in time. But for some, these emotions are more serious and require assistance. Help is available. You are not alone. Asking for help can help keep you and your baby as healthy as possible.
🟢Unaddressed maternal health issues can lead to pregnancy-related death and unintentional harm to you or your baby.
🟢Proper self-care and seeking help when you need it can help you maintain good mental health.

In-person talks promote healthy mental development. This Mental Health Awareness Month, talk to your children and teens about mental health. Need help getting started? samhsa.gov/mental-health/how-to-talk/parents-and-caregivers #MHAM2024 #mentalhealthmatters ... See MoreSee Less

In-person talks promote healthy mental development. This Mental Health Awareness Month, talk to your children and teens about mental health. Need help getting started? samhsa.gov/mental-health/how-to-talk/parents-and-caregivers #MHAM2024 #MentalHealthMatters

TAKE THE MOMENT TO PRIORITIZE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH:

Supportive families, communities, and resources can help youth build strong foundations for lifelong well-being.

🟢By teaching children and teens coping skills, we can empower them to take charge of their mental health.
🟢Know the signs of mental health issues in children and teens. Early diagnosis and treatment can save lives.
🟢Start the conversation early: talking about mental health can help children and teens build coping skills and feel comfortable with their emotions.
🟢Nurturing relationships and environments are important for helping children and teens develop good mental health and manage life stressors in healthy ways.
🟢Good mental health increases the ability of children and teens to practice self-care and face challenges with resilience.
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TAKE THE MOMENT TO PRIORITIZE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH:

Supportive families, communities, and resources can help youth build strong foundations for lifelong well-being.

🟢By teaching children and teens coping skills, we can empower them to take charge of their mental health.
🟢Know the signs of mental health issues in children and teens. Early diagnosis and treatment can save lives.
🟢Start the conversation early: talking about mental health can help children and teens build coping skills and feel comfortable with their emotions.
🟢Nurturing relationships and environments are important for helping children and teens develop good mental health and manage life stressors in healthy ways.
🟢Good mental health increases the ability of children and teens to practice self-care and face challenges with resilience.

🥁🥁🥁 Ladies and gentlemen, let's give a thunderous round of applause for Mary Hilton and her incredible design, selected as the official 2024 Walk of Hope t-shirt! 🎉👏

This year, as we lace up our shoes and hit the pavement, let's remember that we're all part of something bigger, a community of hope and support. Together, we'll stride forward, shoulder to shoulder, spreading love and encouragement every step of the way. 💖

So mark your calendars for Sunday, September 8, rally your friends, and gear up to make a difference as we march forth with purpose, knowing that in this journey, no one walks alone! 🚶‍♂️🚶‍♀️💫

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Yay Mary! It looks amazing 🤩

Governor Noem challenges South Dakotans to check in on someone during Mental Health Awareness Month

It’s easy to talk about the small stuff like the weather. But deeper conversations, about how someone is really doing, can be hard. That’s why Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed May as Mental Health Awareness Month, asking all South Dakotans to the take time to check in on someone. Ask how they are really doing.

🔗 www.sd.gov/news?id=news_kb_article_view&sys_id=2b1054c547c2ce50237fbd51026d43fc
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