South Dakota’s rural communities often lack resources to combat drug and alcohol addiction. Thanks to a new grant, Avera Health is looking to expand its telehealth services in some under-served areas.
The Health Resources and Services Administration is awarding Avera a $750,000 grant to expand its addiction recovery services. The project starts with the Avera clinics in Flandreau and Aberdeen.
Malia Holbeck is the outpatient manager for Avera’s addiction recovery program. She says telemedicine can help bridge the gap for areas that lack certain services.