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SD-ECCS Behavioral/Mental Health Panel Speakers

Thursday, September 22, 2022
Noon-1:30 p.m. Central

Director, Department of Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health

Melanie Boetel currently serves as the Director of the Division of Behavioral Health, overseeing the publicly funded substance use disorder, mental health, crisis and prevention services delivered in South Dakota.…

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Vice President of Program Development, Helpline Center

Betsy Schuster is the VP of Program Development at the Helpline Center. Betsy holds a BA from Augustana University and MSAS from USD. She is a Certified Resource Specialist (CRS)…

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Dione Krush

Women's Advocate, Bethany Christian Services Rapid City

Dione Krush has been a case worker in the West River Area for the past 25 years. The past 13 years have been with Bethany serving women, children, and their…

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Behavioral Health, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe

Currently Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Director of BH in Agency Village.  Working for over a decade with individuals who struggled with impulse control disorders and developmental delays promoted my exploration into ways…

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Family Leadership Group, SD ECCS

Karissa Duran is a Case Manager at Youth and Family Services. She has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and is currently in school to obtain a Masters Degree in Social…

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