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Where Life Stories Take Shape

Client Outcomes

LSS transformed people's lives 38,099 times last year 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 to 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 provide 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 dong without LSS. The extra bit of normalcy is what matters most right now (COVID-19 pandemic). If my daughter didn't' have 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 4,184 adoptions since 1920 . We are ready for a second century of service.

Alternatives to Detention
100% of the residents of the New Alternatives Intensive Independent Living Services improved their independent living skills and improved their overall wellness and health.  89% improved or maintained support from family or friend in a crisis; 90% improved their housing and money management.

Behavioral Health Services
Clients receiving outpatient counseling experienced a 23% reduction in symptoms from the first session to the fourth session.

Center for Financial Resources
85% of clients who received financial counseling reported reduced stress after their session. 43% reported increased financial capacity two months after their session. 88% of clients participating in a debt management plan successfully completed their payments.

Mentoring Services
Youth in the USucceed mentoring program are remaining successful. 96% of students were on track to graduate with their class and 98% had a realistic plan for after high school graduation.

Residential Services for Children & Youth and Foster Care
LSS continues to improve its capacity to deliver trauma-informed care. 91% of youth in Psychiatric Residential Treatment, and 83% of youth in Foster Care showed a reduction in trauma symptoms upon discharge.