South Dakota State News


For immediate release: Tuesday, September 6, 2022
DSS Media Contact: [email protected] or 605.773.3165

Recovery is for everyone:

Behavioral Health Recovery Month

PIERRE – Recovery is possible for everyone and to help spread the news, Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed September Behavioral Health Recovery Month in South Dakota.

“Recovery is not an overnight process,” said Laurie Gill, Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Social Services (DSS). “However, as family members and friends, we can support those we love who may be working on their recovery.”

In fiscal year 2022, through DSS funding, more than 17,000 South Dakotans received treatment for a mental health disorder and more than 11,000 received treatment for a substance use disorder .

“Recovery is more than abstaining from a substance or behavior,” Gill said. “It is a process of improving a person’s overall health and well-being, becoming self-sufficient and striving to reach their full potential. Everyone’s recovery experience is different and that’s normal. We are in the same boat.”

The DSS supports prevention and early intervention, treatment, and recovery support services throughout the State of South Dakota and provides a variety of resources that individuals can access on their recovery journey. To learn more about recovery and resources, visit and click on the Behavioral Health tab.


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