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Where Life Stories Take Shape

Client Outcomes

LSS transforms people's lives through diverse and vital services across the state. LSS serves people of all ages, faiths, races and economic status with professional, confidential, and affordable services. It is our vision that all people in South Dakota be healthy, safe and accepted. 

To do that, LSS continues to strengthen its use of standardized assessment tools to measure client outcomes. The use of dashboards and automated reports provides the tools for leadership to monitor outcomes data more frequently and implement programmatic adjustment when necessary.

"I honestly don't know what we would be doing without LSS. The extra bit of normalcy is what matters most right now (COVID-19 pandemic). If my daughter didn't' have a routine, I think she would be more scared or confused about what is happening."
First responder parents of children at LSS Childcare & Education Services


Adoption Services
LSS has assisted with 4,188 adoptions since 1920. We are ready for the second century of service.

Alternatives to Detention
Youth served through the Arise Evening Reporting Center were successful on discharge. 93% did not re-offend before their scheduled court date.

Behavioral Health Services
Students in the PATH program of Behavioral Health Services exceeded expectations 96% of participants improved or maintained their academic progress; 93% improved or maintained behavior incidents, and 92% improved or maintained school attendance.

Center for Financial Resources
82% of clients who received financial counseling through the Center for Financial Resources reported reduced stress after their meeting with a financial counselor.  42% reported increased financial capacity two months after their first meeting with a financial counselor. 89% of clients participating in a debt management plan successfully completed their payments.

Center for New Americans
New refugee arrivals through the Center for New Americans were successful in finding and keeping employment. 100% of new arrivals were self-sufficient within eight months with an average starting wage of $15.87 per hour.

Residential Services for Children & Youth
Youth served through the Residential Services for Children & Youth treatment program were successful on discharge. 82% of youth were discharged to their home or a less restrictive environment.