On February 1, 2017 Rapid City Regional Hospital’s Behavioral Health Center stopped admitting patients with "neurodevelopmental/cognitive disorders such as dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, or Autism Spectrum Disorder," per a letter sent by the Regional officials. The Rapid City Journal reports Black Hills residents who need inpatient care are now required to drive 350 miles to Sioux Falls. The Rapid City Journal estimated 200 families are affected by autism spectrum disorder.
The Autism Society of the Black Hills worries because the nearest place to receive care is now a five hour drive away. Children experience a number of challenges living with autism spectrum disorder and often families seek help from trained professionals in the form of inpatient care.
Senior living facilities provide care for patients with dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.