Community & Family Services

Since 1980 this division has made possible programs that extend the school day and promote partnerships among families, educators, and community members.  After-school learning, family education, and early childhood services are emphasized.  Lori Laughlin, division director.

Developmental Disabilities

Works in partnership with children and adults who have Developmental Disabilities, providing the services and supports they choose to help them live the lives they want.  Direct services include: Service Coordination, Education, Employment, Residential, Related Services and Community Life.  The division began its work in 1980.  Shirley Halverson, division director.

Economic Development

Started in 1989, the division works to enhance private-sector entrepreneurial opportunities and to strengthen western South Dakota's overall economy.  Goals are quality employment and a strong local tax base. Blaise Emerson, division director.

Education & Workforce
Development / CLC

Guides South Dakotans toward economic self-sufficiency through education and training leading to employment opportunities. Since 1982 programs have evolved to include alternative courses for high school students, adult basic education, GED preparation, National Career Readiness Certification, community education classes, career counseling and more.  Gloria Pluimer, division director.

Human Services  

Based in Pierre since 1987, Human Services provides program development and direct services for a wide variety of South Dakotans. Included are people seeking assistive technology for coping with disabilities or aging, those needing assistance to find employment, youth with disabilities transitioning to life beyond high school, those hoping to live healthy and tobacco-free, and many others. Brooke Lusk, division director.

Technology & innovation
in education (TIE)

Launched in 1985, TIE advances effective educational technology statewide, and leads South Dakota schools toward practices that improve instruction, assessment, professional development, and leadership. The annual TIE Conference is the state's largest professional development event for educators.  Julie Mathiesen, division director.

Contracted Services

Black Hills Special Services Cooperative also coordinates contracted services, specific to needs identified by schools. Speech therapy, psychological services, and physical and occupational therapy are common requests.
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