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Aberdeen Youth Regional Treatment Center (AARTC)

PO BOX 680
Mobridge, SD 57601
(605) 845-7181
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Aberdeen Area Youth Regional Treatment Center
The Aberdeen Area Youth Regional Treatment Center provides drug and alcohol treatment for adolescents ages 13 - 17 years of age who are enrolled as a member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe.

Mission Statement:

Aberdeen Area Youth Regional Treatment Center is dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle restoring balance and harmony in mind, body & spirit to our American Indian youth and their families.

Vision Statement:

To provide a safe, compassionate, healing environment where our American Indian Youth can be strengthened socially, spiritually, emotionally and physically utilizing a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach.


“Residential Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions”
(Children and Adolescents)
“Our organization has met internationally recognized standards of quality in the provision of outcomes-driven programs and services to enhance the lives of the persons served.”
Accreditation expires January 2014.


Aberdeen landscape As an Indian Health Service funded and operated Youth Regional Treatment Center, for admission to the AAYRTC an applicant/referral must:
  • Be an enrolled member of a Federally recognized Tribe.
  • Have a primary diagnosis of substance dependence/abuse as defined by the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders - (DSM-IV TR).
  • Be between the ages of 13 - 17 years of age.
  • Must be justified by the criteria of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM PPC-2R).
  • Eighteen-year old referrals will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The Aberdeen Area Youth Residential Treatment Center is an open entry open exit residential treatment program for alcohol and other drugs/addictions for adolescents.

We provide an "enhanced" level of care for adolescents requiring dual diagnosis services with consideration given toward the safety of the adolescent, other residents, and/or staff.

Utilizing the South Dakota (SD) s Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse criteria, we are recognized as "Level III Medically Monitored Intensive Inpatient Treatment for Adolescents".

To receive an admissions packet please contact Admissions at 605-845-7181.

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Treatment Services


Treatment Overview

  • One week orientation period
  • Individualized Treatment Planning
  • Treatment stay is determined by his/her motivation and treatment acceptance/resistance
  • The level system as a behavior modification tool
  • Educational progress
  • ASAM LOCI Placement Tool


  • Narcotics Anonymous Meetings
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings
  • Ala-teen
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics Meetings
  • Introduction to the 12 Steps
  • Community Church Activities


  • Chemical Dependency Education
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Life Skills
  • Diabetes/Health Education
  • Culture Education
  • Family Education


  • Open Process
  • Coping Skills
  • Family Education
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Treatment Assignment Group
  • Anger Management
  • Co-dependency

Medical Care

Urgent, emergent, general medical care, and other ancillary health care support are provided through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Standing Rock Service Unit IHS hospital, health center, and clinics.

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Chief Gall Education Program

Welcome and Mission Statement:

On behalf of the Education Department at AAYRTC, welcome to the Chief Gall Alternative Education Program (CGAEP) homepage. We provide educational services to all residents in treatment, with the goal of assisting the residents in earning credit in their middle school and high school classes. With the guidance of CGAEP, residents not only graduate from their treatment program, but they may earn a GED, complete a grade level, or recover lost credits. We encourage residents to participate in collaboration with their home school and CGAEP in order to maintain consistency and continuity, so that residents may have a more successful transition back to the home and school environment after graduation from treatment. The Chief Gall Alternative Education Program is dedicated to facilitating the development and maintenance of education and learning as an integral part of a healthy lifestyle for American Indian Youth.


  • CGAEP has been a South Dakota Department of Education "Approved Alternative Education Program" since 1998.
  • CGAEP offers Special Education Services, GED preparation, home school collaboration, and "traditional" classroom instruction.
  • Residents receive educational services that are developed by the Education Specialist on an individual basis, and are developed in consultation with home school academic records and guardian input.

Services Provided:

  • Educational assessments include the Test of Written Language (TOWL-3), Diagnostic Achievement Test for Adolescents (DATA-2), Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement (K-TEA), Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test (K-Bit), Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-Third Edition (PPVT-IIIA&B), Expressive Vocabulary Test (EVT), and Informal Test of Basic Knowledge.
  • General Educational Development (GED) pretest, GED test preparation, GED equivalency diploma.
  • A career planning assessment, the Choices Ability Profiler, allows residents to explore career possibilities based on a general abilities test.
  • In collaboration with AAYRTC staff, residents have many opportunities to participate in cultural education, craft, art, music, hide tanning, and many other activities geared toward the development, appreciation and understanding of American Indian culture.

Year-Round School Schedule:

  • 8:30am-9:15am: English Language and Literature, Computer Literacy
  • 9:15am-10am: Sciences
  • 10:10am-10:55am: Mathematics, Economics, Accounting
  • 10:55am-11:40am: History, Geography, Social Studies, Current Events

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    Family Days

    The AAYRTC Family Days brings the resident and family together for 2 to 3 days of therapy and education on the following topics:
    • Adult Children of Alcoholics
    • Symptoms of the Disease Concept
    • Family Systems
    • Codependency
    • Communication and family dynamics
    • Parenting

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    The Aberdeen Area Youth Regional Treatment Center, minutes from Mobridge South Dakota, is located on the south east corner of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation overlooking the Grand River.

    Map showing the location of the AAYRTC Facility

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