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NAMI South Dakota Receives Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of South Dakota is pleased to announce that it is a recipient of a 2018 Bush Foundation Community Innovation grant award. This project entitled “Moving from Illness to Wellness “ will impact the Northeast region of
South Dakota and the communities of Aberdeen, Milbank, and Watertown.  This is a two-year project with a total award of $193,648.00.

As a deeply rural state, South Dakota faces challenges in providing the community-based supports needed for individuals and families impacted by mental illness. NAMI South Dakota proposes to determine how a handful of rural communities that have a shared
geography can work together to tap into each other’s strengths and resources and assist one another in building strong community based support services.

NAMI South Dakota Executive Director, Wendy Giebink says, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity through this grant award to build on the strengths of our volunteer leaders in the NE region of the state and explore how we can collaborate and strengthen our mental health support system. We have an incredible group of individuals positioned to create positive changes in their communities by working to decrease stigma and increase access to services and wellness activities. We hope to learn a great deal from this project and use the information to assist other communities across our state.”

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