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State seeks input on treatment options for children with autism at public forums

The state departments of Human Services and Labor and Regulation are holding public forums in four South Dakota cities as part of a statewide autism study.  The forums will allow interested members of the public to provide input on autism spectrum disorders and the study. Input may also be conveyed via email at
The public forums will be held August 19th through the 21st:

Aug. 19, 5-6:30 p.m. MDT, Rapid City, Ramkota Convention Center Legion 1-2, 2111 N. LaCrosse St.
Aug. 20, noon-1:30 p.m. CDT, Aberdeen, Dakota Event Center South Dakota Gold Rush Room, 720 Lamont St.
Aug. 20, 5-6:30 p.m. CDT, Pierre, Ramkota Gallery F and G, 920 W. Sioux Ave.
Aug. 21, 5-6:30 p.m. CDT, Sioux Falls, Ramkota Amphitheater II, 3200 W. Maple St.

Health Management Associates will carry out the study, which will focus on the treatment of autism spectrum disorders for children in South Dakota.
The study aims to analyze the availability and effectiveness of autism care services for children, as well as the impact of requiring insurance plans to cover services. The study was commissioned by the South Dakota Legislature earlier this year, and a report will be issued to the Governor and Legislature by Nov.15, 2014.
Updates on the study will be posted to

Facilities are accessible to people with mobility impairments. If you need auxiliary aids or services in order to participate in the meeting (e.g., sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, materials in alternative format), please submit a request to DHS staff at (800) 265-9684. To ensure auxiliary aids or services are available, please make the request(s) at least 10 days in advance of the meeting.

The South Dakota Department of Human Services’ mission is to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities, in partnership with its stakeholders, through the programs and services offered by its divisions. Learn more by visiting the department’s website,, and viewing the DHS Strategic Plan.

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