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The Link a year later

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO.com) – The City of Sioux Falls announced that The Link had more than 4,000 yard encounters in the first year of operation.

Over 1,400 people have used the services provided by The Link.

The staff and board members of The Link consider the first year of operation to have been a great success.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota:After one year of operation, The Link Community Triage Center has had over 4,000 triage encounters and served over 1,400 unique individuals. The Link, located downtown at the corner of Eighth Street and N. Dakota Avenue, provides 24/7 access and services for people struggling with sobering up, managing substance abuse and behavioral health crisis.

Link’s board and staff consider the first year of operation a great success, but speak of the need to reach even more people in the community.

“Thanks to the dedicated and professional team at The Link, we have already seen many lives positively impacted. However, we know there are many more residents who need the services of The Link. We are here to serve and we want to help,” said Bill Earley, executive director of The Link.

The Link aims to help people 18 and older connect to substance use and mental health treatment and other support services that will help them thrive. Services offered include observation for people under the influence of drugs or alcohol, withdrawal management for people experiencing withdrawal symptoms, and crisis stabilization for people going through a non-violent mental health crisis.

While The Link opened in June 2021, the triage center concept has been in the works for over a decade. The Link offers an innovative public-private partnership between City of Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, Avera Health and Sanford Health. The efforts of the founding partners along with other community investors, stakeholders and others laid the groundwork and provided the financial support to bring the project to fruition.

“Together, we have accomplished so much for the community over the past year at The Link,” said Mayor Paul TenHaken, Chairman of The Link’s Board of Directors. “It’s amazing to hear the stories of patients whose lives have been changed by the impactful work that takes place at The Link. The need for mental health and addictions services is greater than ever in Sioux Falls, and our work to meet those needs will not stop.

Avera is the contracted service provider for The Link, with a team that includes advanced practice providers, nurses, behavioral health and addiction counselors, and case management. In addition to providing a safe place where people can access immediate treatment, The Link works with other organizations in the community to help people with follow-up services.

Residents needing help with issues related to addiction, sobering up and mental health can contact The Link in person at 132 North Dakota Avenue or by calling 605-275-1000. Visit www.LinkSF.org for more information.