CACS is a vision and mission-driven agency. All decisions and actions at CACS are guided by our adopted vision and mission statements. The Board of Directors determines the agency’s Vision Statement for the future.

The following is the CACS Board of Directors’ Vision Statement. This statement describes our company’s aspirations in the years to come. CACS staff will strive to implement their CACS Mission Statement within the parameters of this larger vision.

Board of Director’s Vision Statement

Capital Area Counseling Service, Inc. aspires to be a great place to receive care and a great place to work in central South Dakota.

In Realizing This Vision We Seek To:

  • Rapid access to affordable, comprehensive care for persons experiencing emotional or substance abuse problems and to promote the well-being of our citizens and communities;
  • Respectful, team-based, and holistic care to individuals that addresses their needs and achieves outcomes important to them;
  • Sound financial, business, and governance practices to support future growth;
  • A rewarding workplace for those seeking careers in our region, thereby becoming an “employer of choice”;
  • Assistance to our community partners in identifying areas of need and to work collaboratively; and
  • Excellence each day by employing people who have a heartfelt connection to their community and serve those in need with a deep understanding of trauma, best clinical practices, and an unshakable commitment to resiliency, rehabilitation, and recovery.


  1. The Visionary Award is presented annually to recognize an individual’s, group’s or agency’s collaboration in advancing the CACS Vision Statement.
  2. The Leadership Team and Board Members are encouraged to make nominations to the Board of Directors for this award.
  3. The Board will select the award winner.
  4. The Visionary Award will be presented each July as a part of our anniversary celebration.

Our Mission

The Right People Efficiently Providing Human Services To Those Who Need Them.

Where It All Began

In March 1962, thirty doctors, ministers, hospital administrators, social workers, teachers, nurses, and other interested citizens from the Pierre area met to explore the possibility of organizing a chapter of the Mental Health Association. The result was the formation of the Center Area Chapter for Mental Health, the primary goal of which was to work toward initiating the provision of mental health services in the Pierre community. The Chapter elected its first officers in April 1962*. In March 1963 the group completed an extensive survey to determine the needs of the area, which included Hughes, Stanley and Sully Counties. Alcoholism and "family breakdown" resulting in disciplinary problems at home and school were identified as the two leading problems.