Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota

Residential Services for Children & Youth

Who We Serve

Last year, LSS served 380 children through residential treatment and group care facilities. Following are some interesting facts about those who we serve.

- Of the children served in residential treatment and group care last year, 44% were boys and 56% were girls.

- 50% of those served are Native American, 42% Caucasian and 8% denote other nationalities.

- The average length of stay at a LSS residential center will vary depending on the child's specific needs.

At New Beginnings in Aberdeen, a group care facility, the average length of stay is approximately two months.

Canyon Hills in Spearfish and Summit Oaks I in Sioux Falls are both psychiatric residential treatment facilities, and Summit Oaks II in Sioux Falls is an intensive psychiatric residential treatment facility. The average length of stay at these centers is approximately 7 months.

- Children are referred to LSS residential centers through a variety of ways: Department of Social Services 39%; Department of Corrections 28%; Bureau of Indian Affairs 12%; Out of State Referrals 10%; Education System 6%; and other Resources 5%.