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Indian Health Service building in Pine Ridge, SD.
Indian Health Service building in Pine Ridge, SD.
Chelsea - BHKN
March 23, 2016

New Indian Health Services Behavioral Unit Could Be Too Far For Those In Need

Tribal leaders and suicide prevention outreach workers on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation fear the new outpatient therapy center location is too far from those in need reports the Rapid City Journal.  Behavioral health services are being expanded to Native Americans in western South Dakota after a high rate of suicide last year.  The federal Indian Health Services is helping to construct the new facility in conjunction with the current Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City; construction is to begin next month.  Some leaders and workers are concerned that the space will not be utilized because of the travel required.

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