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$100,000 Awarded to Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health Services, Inc

February 21, 2023 // Grants, Beyond Idea Grant Program

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) recently awarded a $100,000 Beyond Idea Grant (BIG) to Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health Services, Inc. (LCBHS). Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, the BIG program supports innovative, community-based, problem-solving efforts.

“The Beyond Idea Grant will allow LCBHS to provide same day and next day behavioral health crisis care follow-up for individuals who live in rural parts of the LCBHS service area,” says Thomas Stanage, Ph.D. and LCBHS Executive Director. “In person, mobile behavioral health crisis care follow-up is a critical component of a behavioral crisis care system. Mobile, in-person follow-up can increase access to needed services and allow services to be provided in someone’s home community, avoiding the need for more intensive levels of care. The Beyond Idea Grant provides critically needed funding that will help LCBHS fulfill the mission ‘to pioneer and sustain comprehensive mental health and substance use treatment service...’”

LCBHS is a nonprofit agency that provides behavioral health services for people in Southeastern South Dakota. With funding from BIG, LCBHS will develop and test a service model focused on providing in-person crisis care services in rural areas. The overarching goal of the project is to eliminate disparities in behavioral health care between those who live in rural and urban settings.

“Mental health challenges in rural areas are especially acute,” says Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “The SDCF is proud to partner with LCBHS on this pilot project.”

A total of $1.2 million will be available to nonprofits in 2023 through the Beyond Idea Grant program. To learn more about funding opportunities offered by the SDCF, please visit our website at https://www.sdcommunityfoundation.org/

SDCF is a public non-profit organization established in 1987. SDCF, with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen administers 1,200 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $30 million in grants in 2022 which made a tremendous difference in communities statewide. This would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors. If you have a specific cause you would like to support or would prefer to give for the general good of our state, please visit https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/giving to learn more or call 1-800-888-1842.

The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them. Established in 1953 by 3M Executive Archibald Bush and his wife Edyth, the Foundation encourages individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area.