The effort to remodel the former National American University building on Kansas City Street into a new behavioral health service building is on track for completion next spring, reports KOTA News. The renovations will cost approximately $14 million dollars. So far, the repairs are within the budget.
One of the main goals of the new building will be reducing the incarceration rate in Rapid City. The new building will have 42 “safe beds” for individuals to stay in overnight rather than going to jail. Twelve of the beds have been designated for women; currently there are only seven safe beds for women offered by the county. Additionally, with multiple services offered in one building, Pennington County officials hope to build relationships with the individuals seeking behavioral health services.