Volunteers of America, Dakotas' New Start for Women program is a 24-hour residential program for pregnant and parenting women, and their children who have substance use disorders. New Start provides a safe, structured, therapeutic and staff-secured environment.
New Start for Women provides holistic services for pregnant and parenting women to help them lead healthy and productive lives. Participants gain insight in the following areas:
Volunteers of America, Dakotas provides these comprehensive services to allow participants to gain the information and skills necessary to live a healthy, drug-free, satisfying life and to develop positive parenting practices to care for themselves and their child.
In addition to family therapy, daily phone and visiting hours are available to encourage family involvement from the admission process to aftercare planning.
Volunteers of America Dakota's Southeastern Prevention Resource Center dedicates its efforts to the following:
"Data Results for Substance Use in South Dakota Among Youth, Young Adults and Adults"
Our diversion classes use the Prime For Life Curriculum which is an evidence-based motivational prevention, intervention and pretreatment program specifically designed for people who may be making high-risk choices. It is designed to change drinking and drug use behaviors by changing beliefs, attitudes, risk perceptions, motivations, and the knowledge of how to reduce their risk of alcohol and drug related problems throughout their lives.
Age Group: 18 to 20 years-old
Program Length: 12 hours
South Dakota law requires all first-time offenders to complete a 12-hour education intervention program. The objectives of Volunteers of America, Dakota's program include:
Age Group: 18 and over
Program Length: 12 hours
Volunteers of America, Dakotas' adolescent intensive outpatient program is designed to treat adolescents ages 12 to 18 with substance use issues. The program utilizes the Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults. This is a comprehensive, organized set of evidenced-based therapy.
We offer substance use evaluations for adolescents and adults. The evaluation is the first step in determining if the individual needs further assistance with their substance use. Walk-in assessments are available every Wednesday prior to 9 a.m. Assessments are also offered Monday through Friday by appointment.
The aftercare program focuses on providing continuing care, counseling and support to adolescents and adults who have completed a structured inpatient or outpatient treatment program.
Intensive outpatient services focus on providing 50 to 60 hours of intensive outpatient treatment over six to seven weeks to adolescents ages 12 to 18 and for adults 18 and up who are harmfully involved with alcohol or other drugs. The program provides individual, group and family counseling and assists the individual in developing the skills necessary to remain substance-free and begin a recovery program.
We work with youth ages 12 to 18 years for up to 60 days. These young people have alcohol or chemical addictions. This involvement causes a negative impact on an adolescent's physical, mental, social, vocational, intellectual, emotional and spiritual development. The chemical dependency treatment program integrates into Volunteers of America, Dakota's residential program.
Here, we provide a developmentally appropriate environment in which youth can internalize and practice knowledge, insight and skills. This environment ensures the best opportunity for a young person's ongoing success. The residential environment also provides the youth opportunity to interact with peers without a treatment focus, just as they would when in the community. Volunteers of America provides each young person with a chemical dependency counselor who develops a comprehensive treatment plan focusing on chemical dependency issues as well as behavioral or mental health issues.
Nicole Burger, M.A., CCDCIII, CPS, LPC
Bruce S. Fogas, Ph.D.
Irina Goubanova, M.S., LPC
Michelle McClintic, MSW, CSW-PIP
Pat Schultz, M.S., LPC-MH
Dawn Soulek, MSW, CSW-PIP
Timothy Soundy, M.D.
Gretchen Starnes, M.A., LPC
Shawn Van Gerpen, M.D.
Learn more about each member of the LifeMarks staff by visiting the Meet Our Lifemarks Team page.
Volunteers of America, Dakotas' LifeMarks' affordable services include assessments, individual and group counseling, mediation, and crisis intervention available to youth, adults, couples and families. Medicaid and most insurances are accepted. A sliding fee scale is available, thanks to the support of United Way.
LifeMarks Behavioral Health offers skilled professional staff. Clinicians are trained in working with a variety of every day challenges.
Volunteers of America, Dakotas’ Relationship University aims to strengthen marriages and relationships within the community for individuals and families, of all ages and diversities, through skill-based education. Relationship University offers FREE classes for parents, couples, singles, veterans, at-risk youth, and workplaces. Personal Coaches are available for support and to connect participants to community resources.
Daycare service and transportation are available at no cost to participants. All classes are FREE to participants.