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SD Developmental Center


Picture of South Dakota Developmental Center Activity Center building in RedfieldThe South Dakota Developmental Center (SDDC) in Redfield is one of the units within the Department of Human Services (DHS). It was established by the state legislature in 1899, and opened in 1902.



To provide individualized services to persons with developmental disabilities when community based options are not available, enabling them to reach their highest level of independence.


The SD Developmental Center currently provides individualized services to individuals with developmental disabilities. The focus of services is to gradually transition individuals into a less restrictive setting. The services are divided into three program areas.

Program One serves approximately 75 male individuals with challenging behaviors. The overall intent of the program is to focus on increasing the individuals' understanding of how their behaviors affect themselves and others, helping the individuals understand the boundaries of appropriate behavior, helping the individuals learn to accept responsibility for their own behavior and aiding the individuals and their families in replacing negative behaviors with positive behaviors.

The Prairie View Adult Treatment Program is an additional component of Program One offering specialized treatment services teaching the individuals to make well-informed decisions and choices.

Program Two, also known as the Turtle Creek Youth Program, serves approximately 40 male and female adolescents with challenging behaviors within five structured living areas and two semi-independent living areas. Education is provided through the Redfield Public School. Focus is on preparing the youth to live productive lives within a community setting.

Program Three serves approximately 80 male and female individuals with a variety of behavioral issues, as well as individuals who require a great deal of assistance in their activities of daily living.

Contact information

South Dakota Developmental Center
17267 West 3rd Street
Redfield, SD 57469-1001

Phone: (605) 472-2400
FAX: (605) 472-4216

See Also:

Division of Developmental Disabilities

Council on Developmental Disabilities


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