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In this undated photo provided by Avera Health and the Helmsley Charitable Trust, a mental health professional works at the Avera eCare facility in Sioux Falls, S.D. Police and probation officers in 23 counties will soon be able to connect people in menta
Photo courtesy of Avera Health and the Helmsley Charitable Trust via AP
In this undated photo provided by Avera Health and the Helmsley Charitable Trust, a mental health professional works at the Avera eCare facility in Sioux Falls, S.D. Police and probation officers in 23 counties will soon be able to connect people in menta

South Dakota law officers to get iPads to help mental crises


The Associated Press - July 30, 2020

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Police and probation officers officers in 23 counties across South Dakota will soon be equipped with tablet computers to connect people in mental distress to mental health professionals.

The South Dakota pilot program was spearheaded by Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson.

He says it could “revolutionize” a criminal justice system that sees a constant flow of people with mental health problems.

Avera Health and sheriffs' offices will partner for the next year on the initiative.

The program is funded through $1 million from the Helmsley Charitable Trust.

It will send 117 iPads to 18 sheriff’s offices and probation officers in eight counties.



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