Every post-secondary institution of higher education in South Dakota will teach students entering professions where they will be mandatory reporters the skills necessary to perform this task. Every mandatory reporter will receive annual training on detecting abuse and their obligation to report.


  1. Develop competencies, curricula, and consistent training standards for mandatory reporters of child maltreatment and sexual abuse in partnership with state, community, and academic organizations. Implement at 25 percent of South Dakota public, private, and Tribal universities, colleges, and technical schools by Fall 2018, 50 percent by 2019, and 100 percent by 2020.
  2. Provide assistance and expertise to the South Dakota Board of Regents institutions on creating new degree programs related to child sexual abuse and maltreatment. Begin efforts in 4Q2019 and report recommendations by 2Q2020.
  3. Develop and deliver professional and continuing education modules regarding child sexual abuse, reporting, and response. Work with professional boards to implement and require professional or continuing education for those who require licensure or certification for their practice by 2019.
  4. Offer all school district personnel mandatory reporter training. Provide tools for volunteer policy and training. Implement at 25 percent of South Dakota public, private, and Tribal K-12 schools by 2019, 50 percent by 2020, 75 percent by 2021, and 100 percent by 2022.
  5. Develop a platform and infrastructure for virtual support services of counseling, behavioral health, and social work in K-12 schools. Launch statewide by 2021.
  6. The Center shall collaborate with state, Tribal, regional, and national stakeholders, and provide leadership in developing the knowledge base around child maltreatment and sexual abuse. Research one to two evidence-based or promising practice programs, tools, and techniques on responding to child sexual abuse victims each year. Disseminate results via report and presentations at three to four venues per year.
  7. Annually assess South Dakota statute on mandatory reporters beginning in 2019. Make recommendations for consideration in subsequent legislative sessions.