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Mental Health Rights Info & Resources 

If you feel that any of your legal rights have been denied, or if you have questions about your rights, please contact DRSD at 1-800-658-4782.

DRSD - PAIMI Program

The PAIMI Program pursues a variety of rights protection and advocacy strategies to assist individuals with mental illness. Learn more about our services in the following brochure.

 PAIMI Brochure

Mental Health Stigma


Mental Health Centers / Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities

As a patient of a mental health center in South Dakota, you have several rights. See the information below for information on what your rights are, and how to best advocate for yourself. 

For Individuals 18 & Older

 Your Rights as a Client of a Mental Health Center - Brochure

 Due Process Procedure - Involuntary Commitment - Know Your Rights!

 Voluntary Admission to Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities - Know Your Rights!

 Rights Guide for Individuals in an Inpatient Mental Health Facility

 Rights Information for Individuals on a 24-Hour Hold - Flyer

 Writ of Habeas Corpus - General Information Brochure 

Individuals Under 18

 Know Your Rights! Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Rights Guide for Individuals Under 18

 Involuntary Commitment - Rights Information for Individuals Under 18

 Voluntary Admission - Rights Information for Individuals Under 18

Mental Health Month - May 2021

May is Mental Health Month Website Banner an image of a head with a bright pink brain.

Life can be hard. Your mental health doesn't have to suffer. Get information and tools that can help at mhanational.org/may. Fact sheets and worksheets are linked below.

MHA Tools2Thrive Fact Sheets

 Fact Sheet - Taking Time for Yourself

 Fact Sheet - Processing Big Changes

 Fact Sheet - Getting out of Thinking Traps

 Fact Sheet - Dealing with Anger and Frustration

 Fact Sheet - Adapting After Trauma and Stress

 Fact Sheet - Accepting Reality

MHA Tools2Thrive Worksheets

 Worksheet - Dealing with Change

 Worksheet - Dealing with the Worst-Case Scenario

 Worksheet - Managing Frustration and Anger

 Worksheet - Practicing Radical Acceptance

 Worksheet - Prioritizing Self-Care

 Worksheet - Processing Trauma and Stress

 Additional Resources

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