Respond. Educate. Advocate. Counsel. Heal.
The REACH team is South Dakota’s first regional multidisciplinary team (MDT), designed to help victims and their families navigate the criminal justice system. The REACH team is headquartered in Watertown and serves 13 surrounding counties.
The REACH project provides a team made up of law enforcement, medical providers, CPS workers, mental health providers, victim advocates and prosecutors to help a victim and their family. Once the child abuse is discovered, the victim comes to the child advocacy center where they will meet the REACH team and evidence is collected while the victim and their family receive information on the next steps and support services that are available.
The team approach allows the child and family to get all information from ONE place and the team can create a plan of action together.
Access to Child Advocacy Centers
With the addition of the Watertown REACH Team, child victims in South Dakota will now have access to a CAC evaluation within a 2 hour/ 120 mile drive. CACs are located in Rapid City, Pierre, Sioux Falls, and now Watertown.