Future Plans for Capital Area Counseling Service Announced

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
The Board of Directors of Capital Area Counseling Service, Inc. (CACS) recently hosted an event and announced the results of a study which verified that central South Dakota is in need of a premier mental health and addiction facility. The study conducted by Paul J. Strawhecker. Inc. firm of Omaha noted financial support in the 9 counties served by CACS.

The future faculty site is on three acres of land in northeast Pierre at the corner of Eastgate and Marquette and will cost around $4 million.

As one of the area’s largest employers, CACS has 92 staff members who provide state-of-the-art care and a new facility is much needed.

Currently, the majority of the staff are located in three separate buildings that are difficult to maintain and do not give CACS the opportunity to integrate the care needed. This arrangement also causes confusion for clients and family members in knowing where to go.

The Strawhecker firm also referenced the 2015 South Dakota Health Study from the Helmsley Charitable Trust that more than 83 percent of those responding in Hughes County, with mental needs, state some or all of those mental health needs are going unmet.

At the event, Ted Parsons stated, “The clients served within the 9 counties (Hughes, Stanley, Sully, Potter, Hyde, Jones, Lyman, Haakon and Buffalo) deserve a better place to go to receive services to help them on their path to recovery.” With only the blade of a shovel Parsons declared, “$4 million will ‘handle’ this urgent need in central South Dakota.”

Additionally, CACS announced the Honorary Chairs of the upcoming fundraising campaign. Long-time residents of central South Dakota, Wally and Nancy Thomsen will assist in the efforts to bring this mission to life. They have been touched by the effects of a tragic mental health incident and are passionate about enhancing the agency’s capacity to serve more people. Nancy commented, “This project is less about property development and more about helping Capital Area fulfill its vision to be a great place to receive needed care, in a comfortable environment.”


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