About Us


Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health Services, Inc.

Serving residents of seven surrounding counties in rural South Dakota, Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health Services, Inc. (LCBHS) provides services to approximately 4000 individuals who have mental illnesses and chemical dependencies. Adults, children, and families are all served throughout our various departments of LCBHS.

As an accredited provider, LCBHS has provided substance use services for residents of southeast South Dakota and northeast Nebraska for 40 years. Today, LCBHS is recognized as the primary regional provider of comprehensive behavioral health services. LCBHS services are based on the latest advances in the effective treatment of drug and alcohol addiction. Our programs provide prevention and outpatient treatment as well as options for clinically-monitored detoxification and medically-monitored residential rehabilitation for individuals suffering from illegal and prescription drug abuse as well as dependence on and addiction to alcohol.


1965  Individuals representing the Mental Health Association, the Benedictine Monastery, church groups, and the medical community began meeting with the purpose of developing an outpatient mental health clinic including Dr. Savage, Delvin Welter, Dr. Halverson, Sister Desideria Hersch, Sister Harriet Gobel, Dr. Overholt and Sister Brian Mehan.

1968   Lewis and Clark Mental Health Center was incorporated.

1968   Part time Mental Health Clinic started using volunteer staff and donated space. There were reported to have been 32 volunteers. Space was donated by Sacred Heart Hospital. Approximately 80 patients were seen in 1968. Original Directors included Eugene Engen, Kenneth Halverson, Thomas Overholt, Lawrence Savage, Delvin Welter, and Lesilie Senner.

1970   Part time clinic opened on April 2, 1970. Yankton, Clay, Bon Homme and Hutchinson counties provided funds for a clinic. Yankton County provided $6000 and the other named counties provided $2,000 each.

1971   Full time clinic opened.

1972   Joined with McKennan Hospital and Problems in Living Center (now Southeastern Behavioral Health) to form Interagency, obtaining a Community Mental Health Center construction and staffing grant.

1973   Accredited by State of South Dakota as Community Mental Health Center (CMHC).

1974   Established Project Lifeline, a transitional living facility for individuals experiencing a severe mental illness.

1973   Certified by the United States Department of Health Education and Welfare (HEW) as a CMHC.

1974   Re-located to the former Carnegie Library building at 4th and Capital.

1974   Alcohol and drug treatment program established.

1976   Became first HEW recognized Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center and assumed the staffing grant from Interagency. Provided 5 basic services including outpatient, inpatient (through agreements with Sacred Heart and McKennan hospitals), emergency, partial care, and consultation and education.

1977   Moved to current location at 1028 Walnut Street, having purchased Elm Dormitory from Yankton College.
Partial hospitalization / day treatment program for individuals experiencing a severe mental illness established.

1978   Dr. Halverson, Vice Chair, was appointed Chairman on May 9, 1978. Added seven additional services to include transitional service, alcohol treatment services, drug treatment services, children services, geriatric services, screening services and follow-up care.

1979   Community Support Program for individuals experiencing a severe mental illness established.

1980   Outreach clinic in Vermillion opened.  SDHDA construction grant and HUD Housing Assistance Payment Contract for a 23 unit supported housing project obtained in collaboration with local developer.

1981   April - Project Lifeline closed. October - Evergreen Lodge opened, providing 23 HAP supported housing units.

1985   27 full time employees, and 900 patients.

1998   LCBHS contracted with Yankton County Board of Mental Illness (BMI) to provide professional staff that provide examinations for BMI hearings. Lewis and Clark Mental Health Center changes name to Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health Services, Inc.

2000   Outreach clinic in Lake Andes opened.

2001   McKinney HUD construction Grant, HOME funds and HUD Continuum of Care Grant obtained allowing for the development of Cedar Village, a 20 unit supported housing facility.

2003   Cedar Village opened.

2007   LCBHS acquired the IMPACT Program.

2009   Partnered with Union County Health Foundation to provide integrated primary and health care services.

2009   Sir Charles apartments donated by owners. Tax Credit Incentive, HOME dollars, HAP contract and other funds secured to rehabilitate 34 units.

2011   Sir Charles renovation completed and began to be managed as supported housing.

2012   Received FQHC Planning Grant and worked with community partners to develop a primary care clinic for low income individuals. School based prevention program initiated - Project SUCCESS.

2013   Designated as a Behavioral Health, Health Home to assist individuals who have severe mental illness manage chronic health conditions.

2014   Lewis & Clark selected as agency to pilot Functional Family Therapy.

2015   Purchased office space in Vermillion.

2015   Collaborated with law enforcement in Yankton and Vermillion to educate officers on crisis intervention.

2016   140 employees and 4,000 patients.

2016   Residential Substance Use Treatment Center opened. Cedar Village property purchase.

2017   Purchased 1020 Walnut Street lot. SOC/Wrap Around program expansion to Wagner, SD.

2018   Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) program established. Established partnership with the Yankton Sioux Tribe Substance Use Treatment program.

2019   LCBHS elected for the Friend of Education Award and was recognized by Lincoln Elementary PTA. Residential Crisis Stabilization Service established. LCBHS received the USDA Rural Development Grant to provide telehealth services in rural schools.

2020   163 employees and 4,302 patients.

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