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State child care employees eligible for mental health vouchers

A smiling face is a great way to start any day, particularly if you're a Kindergarten student on your first day of school. Washington Elementary in Pierre, SD.
Patrick M Callahan
A smiling face holds the door on the first day of class in Pierre

The state Department of Social Services has launched a new program to help child care providers manage the cost associated with mental health treatment.

The behavioral health voucher program extends financial aid to any employee of state-licensed and registered child care providers.

This effort is a continuation of the 605 Strong campaign established in 2021.

DSS officials said there are currently 17 providers across the state with plans to enroll in the program.

C.J. Keene is a Rapid City-based journalist covering education, healthcare, arts and culture.