Terms Used In South Dakota Codified Laws 26-8D-17
- Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
- Specialized transition services: independent living. See South Dakota Codified Laws 26-8D-1
- Treatment: when used in a juvenile justice context, targeted interventions that utilize evidence-based practices to focus on juvenile risk factors, to improve mental health, and to reduce the likelihood of delinquent behavior. See South Dakota Codified Laws 26-8D-1
The Department of Corrections, pursuant to the provisions of chapter 26-11A and § 26-8C-7 or 26-8B-6, may place a child in a group care center operated and maintained by a nonstate entity only in accordance with a performance-based reimbursement rate structure as provided in the provider contract and as provided by this section.
If a provider is able to substantially accomplish the treatment goals and release a child from group care within the performance expectation period, a performance-based reimbursement payment shall be included in the payment allocation. The maximum performance-based reimbursement payment shall be allocated when a provider is able to substantially accomplish the treatment goals and release a child within three months. A diminished performance-based reimbursement payment shall be allocated when a provider is able to substantially accomplish the treatment goals and release a child in more than three months but less than four months. The performance-based reimbursement payment is in addition to the provider reimbursement rate as established by the Department of Social Services.
The Department of Corrections shall determine the need for placement in a group care facility upon admission and review the placement monthly thereafter. Upon finding that the child is no longer in need of placement, the child shall be released to aftercare pursuant to § 26-11A-12. If the child cannot be released to aftercare at no fault of the provider, a performance-based reimbursement payment shall be added to the payment allocation as long as the provider otherwise qualifies for that payment.
If a provider terminates a child prior to substantial completion of the treatment goals and the Department of Corrections transfers the child to another facility, the transferring provider does not qualify for a performance-based payment under this section for that child.
Juvenile corrections facilities maintained and operated by the Department of Corrections shall design and operate programs to achieve substantial accomplishment of treatment goals and the release to aftercare within three months.
Specialized transition services are exempt from the performance-based reimbursement rate structure.
After January 1, 2019, the Department of Corrections may promulgate rules, pursuant to chapter 1-26, to continue or create additional or alternative performance-based reimbursement period timeframes.