Established in 1968, Capital Area Counseling Service, Inc. (CACS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency, which primarily provides mental health and addiction services to residents of nine counties in central South Dakota: Buffalo, Haakon, Hughes, Hyde, Jones, Lyman, Potter, Stanley and Sully. Services include mental health assessment and therapy, psychiatric rehabilitation, psychiatry, medication management, nursing, family-based services, therapeutic foster care, addiction assessment and treatment, and continued care. In 2015, CACS provided treatment services for nearly 1,600 youth and adults with a wide variety of diagnoses.
CACS is accredited by the state of South Dakota as a community mental health center, an addiction
treatment agency, and a child welfare placement agency. The organization also serves as the identified
juvenile diversion program for the Sixth Judicial Circuit (Teen Court), and owns and operates The Boys & Girls
Club of the Capital Area.
One of the area’s largest private employers, CACS has over 90 staff and its current annual operating budget
is $5.022 million. The agency is managed by a leadership team and governed by a dedicated 12-member
Board of Directors who are representative of the business, professional and volunteer community
throughout the region. In October 2015, the Board of Directors adopted the following vision statement to
guide the organization’s future.
Paul J. Strawhecker, Inc. of Omaha, Nebraska, recently conducted a philanthropic planning study for Capital Area Counseling Service, Inc. (CACS) to evaluate the prospect of the agency building a new facility in Pierre. The study determined there is regional support of a new facility for CACS. The majority of participants felt that the agency’s current facilities are not adequate or desirable for providing treatment. Participants also had questions about the need for mental health services in central South Dakota.
To ensure efficient delivery of services for clients and staff, CACS seeks to construct a new, 24,000 sq. ft. outpatient mental health and addiction treatment facility. This facility will be located on an approximately three-acre site in the northeast section of Pierre and is located on the corner of Eastgate and Marquette. The projected cost of the new facility for CACS is $4 million, including construction costs, furnishings, and equipment.