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December 31, 2017 02:10 PM

Rapid City Clinic May Fill Mental Health Care Gap

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 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.
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