Minnehaha County, South Dakota
The Community Triage Center Concept Project is a collaborative, community wide project purposed to engage in a planning process to research how a community triage center concept could be implemented in our community. The initial funding to conduct the planning process was from a MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge Innovation Grant (http://www.safetyandjusticechallenge.org/innovation-fund/), and funding to continue the planning process from a Crisis Response Grant awarded by the State of South Dakota Department of Social Services Division of Behavioral Health.
The community triage center concept aims to meet the needs of individuals presenting a behavioral health or substance use need which do not require inpatient or emergency department services. Our community has a subgroup of individuals being served in local emergency departments and in jail who could be better served at a different level, and with more coordination of care. The aim is not to replace emergency departments or inpatient behavioral health, but to act as a net to catch those in need who do not reach the criteria for these types of services. For the complete, comprehensive triage concept and initial data analysis please reference the Conceptual Report and Base Line Report.
Thank you to all the individuals who are have dedicated their time, expertise, and talents to bring the project to where it is today.
Erin Srstka M.S., M.Ed.