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Addiction Treatment Programs Need Funding for Expansion
Government and medical officials call for an expansion of addiction treatment programs.
Matt Walz, a medical affairs specialist at the Keystone Treatment Center in nearby Canton, stated that there is a need for more halfway houses and support services in the county.
Although Avera Behavioral Health Services plans to open a new addiction treatment center in Sioux Falls, patients currently have to seek treatment elsewhere.
The city cannot serve all its patients who require treatment, said Avera Assistant Vice President Thomas Otten.
State representatives have expressed support of drug court programs which allow families to stay together.
South Dakota Supreme Court Justice David Gilbertson stated that recidivism has gone down as a result of drug courts in the state.
He added that to treat patients costs a third less than to incarcerate them.
Drug use in many communities are causing children to be placed with the state's Child Protection Services. However, the Family First Protection Services Act recently passed by Congress will fund addiction treatment services for parents in an effort to keep families together.