Mental Health

In The Moment ... January 11, 2018 Show 254 Hour 1

South Dakota Supreme Court Justice David Gilbertson joins In the Moment for a look at his legislative priorities for the 2018 session.

Author John Green's tour bus rolled through South Dakota this fall. He spent time with librarians, readers, and independent booksellers.

SDPB's Jackie Hendry was captivated by his latest book. Here, she reviews "Turtles All the Way Down."

Dr. Fred Magnavito

Nov 30, 2017

In The Moment ... November 30, 2017 Show 230 Hour 1 

Dr. Fred Magnavito is a Rapid City based psychologist.
The board of directors of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) has awarded him with the 2017 Service Award.  This award acknowledges his outstanding contributions to the field in South Dakota. We talk with him about getting the right officers into the field to protect and serve.

In the Moment ... October 12, 2017 Show 197 Hour 2

In a world thrumming with joy and agony, sometimes the only thing you can do is pick up a pen. Fortunately, sometimes that's also the best thing you can do. Denice Turner offers a Geek Speak Lecture at Black Hills State University this afternoon. She's the author of the memoir "Worthy." She joins us now for a preview of "Tasting Life Twice: On Life-Writing and Wellbeing"

Steve Zwemke

In The Moment ... June 9, 2017 Show 111 Hour 1

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Cole Allen is a gifted blues guitarist, fronting his own band - and as Sena Ehrhardt's guitarist.  As a songwriter and vocalist, he also has the gift of being able to tap into the hearts of his listeners. Cole Allen joins us in our Sioux Falls studio.

Graphic design involves creativity, technology and…attention to detail. Artists can spend hours or days sitting at computers while they work on a piece. SDPB’s Chynna Lockett took a look behind one desk to speak with a designer.


In the Moment ... April 26, 2017 Show 080 Hour 1

As cooler weather sweeps the state, Erik Helland with Landscape Garden Centers joins us to talk gardening and answer questions from listeners.

Calamity Jane might be an icon of the American West, but she lived life as a pioneer and a woman, not a myth. Mary Jane Bradbury invites audiences to learn about the real Martha Canary by portraying prominent Deadwood madam Dora DuFran.  Bradbury joins us to tell the story of two friends at a frontier in time for women.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Law enforcement officers soften their stern authority to better serve people experiencing mental health crises. Training in Sioux Falls tests their ability by simulating real-life scenarios. Twenty-five officials learn new policing strategies in Crisis Intervention Training.

1881 Courthouse Museum

In The Moment ... April 10, 2017 Show 068 Hour 2

Dr. Kelvin Lim is vice-chair for research in the department of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. He talked with Prairie Public’s Doug Hamilton about research into addiction. For thoughts on the mental health care crisis in South Dakota, tune in to South Dakota Focus with Stephanie Rissler on SDPB-TV this Thursday at 8 p.m. Central, 7 Mountain.

In The Moment ... March 30, 2017 Show 061 Hour 2

Mary Moller is an advanced registered nurse practitioner. She's certified as a clinical specialist in adult psychiatric mental health nursing and as a psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner. She's lecturing tonight at 7 p.m. at South Dakota State University’s Student Union in Brookings. Her talk is called "There is No Health without Mental Health: Our Nation in Crisis. We look at the history, the politics, and the human impact of treating brain illnesses in America.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

More state and local law enforcement authorities are talking about their feelings. It’s happening in part through a course on emotional intelligence. The State of South Dakota mandates it during training for city police, county officers, and state troopers.

Almost nothing is visible in the blackness when a trainer’s voice echoes through the dark. He instructs recruits to use a light technique of their choice. He gives the command, and recruits pull their guns and prepare to shoot.

In The Moment ... March 1, 2017 Show 040 Hour 1

We begin our program with SDPB’s political reporter Lee Strubinger. Today he explains Senate Bill 54 as it makes its way through the state legislature. It’s a measure intended to rework the state’s campaign finance requirements.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Judges, attorneys, and law enforcement endorse a bill in South Dakota’s Statehouse that aims to ease mental health problems for people entering the justice system. House Bill 1183 is a measure that changes competency assessments, creates training for people who work in criminal justice, and encourages works that helps people avoid unnecessary arrests or extended time in jail.

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In The Moment ... February 13, 2017 Show 029 Hour 2

South Dakota Republican Party elected Dan Lederman of Dakota Dunes has been elected by the South Dakota Republican Party to lead the SDGOP for the next two years. Chair Lederman will begin his term immediately and has called a Special Central Committee Meeting to be held at the end of February to adopt a budget and goals for 2017.

A package of legislation designed to address mental health issues in criminal justice has been presented to the legislature in Pierre. House Bill 1183 is assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. Chief Justice David Gilbertson has led the effort to reduce recidivism and increase services to mentally ill people who often end up in jail. In Rapid City, Mayor Steve Allender has tackled the lack of services for the city’s mentally ill population.

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

The head of South Dakota’s Supreme Court says the probation system in the state is stretched thin.

With rising rates of drug related offenses, Chief Justice took time to reiterate the savings of the state’s probation program as opposed to incarceration.

South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson calls the rising rates of addiction in South Dakota a new wave of evil.

He says the drug problem in South Dakota has exploded.

Gilbertson says drug crimes accounted for 41 percent of prison admissions in the last fiscal year.

South Dakota Unified Judicial System

South Dakota Supreme Court Justice David Gilbertson discusses the recommendations of the Mental Health Task Force and details the legislative support required to implement suggestions.

South Dakota Chief Justice David Gilbertson joins Dakota Midday with an update on the state’s Mental Health Task Force. The group was formed to research and address a backlog in court-ordered mental competency evaluations. Chief Justice Gilbertson talks about the process and progress of the group.

Lori Walsh talks with journalist Mark Walker.  An Argus Leader Media investigation found the state's primary mental health hospital has experienced a steady rise in violence toward its employees. Mark Walker joins Dakota Midday to talk about the investigation and what has happened in state politics since its release.

Dr. Gerard Jacobs is the author of the upcoming book “Community Based Psychological First Aid: A Practical Guide to Helping Individuals and Communities During Difficult Times.” It’s a book designed to help everyday people care for one another during times of strife. Dr. Jacobs was summoned to Nepal after last year’s massive earthquake. He is a professor of psychology at USD and director of the Disaster Mental Health Institute at USD. 

The Helmsely Charitable Trust is giving the State Department of Health a $302,500 grant to fund a community justice and mental health early intervention taskforce. The project intends to evaluate how to better help people with mental health issues that end up in the criminal justice system.


South Dakota Chef Supreme Court Justice David Gilbertson is leading the taskforce. He says a study conducted last year found that South Dakota faces challenges in providing access to mental health care.


The United States Preventive Services Task Force has issued new recommendations indicating mental maternal illness is more common than previously thought. The panel suggests all women should be screened for depression and mood disorders during and immediately after pregnancy.

Dr. Rajesh Singh, a psychiatrist with Sanford Health Psychiatry and Psychology Clinic discusses the significance of the new guidelines and the difference appropriate screening can mean for mothers, fathers, and children.

Patty Buechler

Mental health care providers working in schools receive recognition this week. Governor Dennis Daugaard has declared School Psychology Week in South Dakota to acknowledge their impact on learning. School psychologists focus on removing challenges so students can succeed in the classroom.

The Helpline Center in Sioux Falls is leading a mental health first aid training. The 8-hour long session teaches people to look for the signs and symptoms of a mental health crisis and how to help.

Mental health first aid is giving help to someone after noticing signs of illness or distress. Lori Montis is the Suicide and Crisis Support Director at the Helpline Center. She says the training teaches anyone to recognize symptoms and respond.

Some symbols immediately invoke awareness for a cause. A pink ribbon bumper sticker reminds people of the battle against breast cancer. The red dress pin lends its image easily to heart health for women. But it’s harder to identify a cultural symbol for mental health. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this feature introduces two people willing to reveal how they ensure mental illness doesn’t define their lives.

The South Dakota House is discussing ways to deal with mental illness and guns. House Bill 1229 aims for mentally ill individuals to be reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Lawmakers believe this is a step in the right direction to ensure mentally ill individuals can't harm themselves or others with a gun. Republican State Representative Steve Hickey says he agrees with this bill.

The Effect Of War On Children

Jun 17, 2013

Dr. Gerard Jacobs is a clinical/community psychologist, who has been working in disaster psychology since 1989. He is a Professor of Psychology at the University of South Dakota and Director of the Disaster Mental Health Institute. Following the BBC "Children and War" report, Dr. Jacobs discusses the effect of war on children in this part of the country.

Mental Health Services For Veterans

Jun 3, 2013

The Sioux Falls VA Health Care System is part of the nationwide effort to ensure veterans receive the mental health services and support they need. They are one of 15 pilot sites where the VA is working with community based mental health providers to help veterans access mental health services in a timely manner.

Strings Of Disasters Cumulate Stress

May 21, 2013

If you’re tired dealing with disasters–-you may not be alone.  

The Oklahoma tornadoes come on top of a string of major tragedies including national and local disasters.

South Dakota saw an ice storm and blizzard in 2013, a severe drought and wildfires in 2012, the 2011 floods, and seven federally recognized major disasters in 2010.

Weather related disasters are on an increasing trend, and they can take a toll on the mental health of those affected and those who respond.

Psychotropic Jail Meds Bill Approved

Feb 26, 2013

The state legislature has passed a bill that allows the involuntary treatment of prisoners with psychotropic medication.   Those in favor of the measure argue that the provision is needed to quickly treat prisoners with severe mental illness.  Proponents say that prisoners who have serious mental health issues can cause harm to themselves or others inside a jail.  They say a panel of two physicians must approve the involuntary treatment.   Sponsors say the panel safeguards against abuses.    

South Dakota United

Feb 20, 2013

South Dakota United Executive Director Jennifer Constantine talked about the agency's volunteerism, advocacy education and peer support for those who have mental health issues.  She said that the peer component enhances recovery.