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Real People, Real Processes, Real Success

A partnership of the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network and the South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care

Creating connections among community resources and healthcare facilities provides a pathway for individuals to come full circle from a personal crisis to a personal transformation. Recognizing an individual in need and guiding them to the support services necessary to lift themselves from a desperate situation is a skill every South Dakotan should possess.

The Crisis Prevention and Recovery Best Practice Briefs series will highlight basic tools to recognize and assist an individual in crisis, resources available to reduce the risk of a crisis, and programs and services to reinforce change after a major intervention or treatment program.

⇒ Extending Independent Living through Social Interaction

December 1, 2021 | 12:00 PM CT

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Maintaining independence becomes challenging for aging individuals who lack a social support network. In addition, many individuals 65 and over are managing chronic health conditions or physical limitations. Better Together connects these individuals with volunteers to provide companionship and social interaction.

Amy Feterl, Better Together coordinator at Lutheran Social Services, will provide an overview of the program and share the impact of the program to extend independent living and improve quality of life.

1. Describe the value of social interaction for maintaining independent living
2. Recognize individuals who may benefit from the Better Together program
3. Explain the long-term impact for the individual and community

⇒ Providing Hope for Individuals Experiencing Suicidal Desperation
December 8, 2021 | 12 PM CT

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The constant bombardment of images, messages, and daily demands prevent most individuals from truly listening and understanding those around us. Mastering the skill of silencing the distractions and engaging in a meaningful conversation can literally save a life. We should openly talk about mental illness, addiction and suicide. The more we can normalize this conversation, the easier it will be for people who are struggling to reach out for help. Suicide is a serious problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families and communities. Everyone can help prevent suicide by knowing the warning signs and where to get help.

Sheri Nelson, suicide prevention director for the Helpline Center, continually trains staff and volunteers to listen and encourage individuals experiencing suicidal desperation. She will share valuable resources and tips for recognizing and navigating a crisis conversation.

1. Describe the variety of interview techniques and methods
2. Recognize the signs of an individual in crisis
3. Explain the resources available to provide continued support

⇒ Navigating a Healthy Path Beyond Human Trafficking
December 15, 2021 | 12 PM CT

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Desperation grasps for hope in any form. Unfortunately, a promise of hope offered through deception can quickly become a loss of freedom. Human trafficking is an ongoing and growing issue across the Midwest. Individuals are unwittingly finding themselves indebted, enslaved, and alone.

Call to Freedom was established to help navigate a healthy path for victims of human trafficking. Michelle Treasure, associate director, will highlight the struggles and challenges for individuals trying to break free from the chains of their captures and find a new life.

1. Describe the existence and impact of human trafficking in the Midwest
2. Recognize signs of an individual being abused or trafficked
3. Explain the steps of trauma recovery after human trafficking