Indian Health Service statement on partial assumption of Rapid City Service Unit

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The Indian Health Service will continue to provide health services in Rapid City to any IHS-eligible beneficiary

News Release

Indian Health Service

The Indian Health Service and the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board entered into an agreement on May 31, 2019, for the health board, on behalf of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe, to assume the majority of the operation of the Rapid City Service Unit, pursuant to Title I of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act. The assumption date is July 21, 2019.

The Indian Health Service will continue to provide health services in Rapid City to any IHS-eligible beneficiary, including preventive care, wellness care, health risk appraisal and assessment, acute illness and injury care, chronic illness management, and counseling regarding end-of-life or palliative care. Patients who require care beyond the capabilities of the Rapid City Service Unit are referred to outside providers through referrals or if emergent, through appropriate emergency transfer.

On January 28, 2019, the Indian Health Service posted a design-build Request for Proposals for the Rapid City replacement project. Indian Health Service is currently reviewing proposals and expects to award a contract for construction in the near future.

The Indian Health Service respects tribal sovereignty and is committed to tribal self-governance and self-determination. Indian Health Service recognizes that tribal leaders and members are in the best position to understand the health care needs and priorities of their communities. Today, over 60 percent of the Indian Health Service appropriation is administered by tribes, primarily through self-determination contracts or self-governance compacts. The number of Tribal Self-Governance Program success stories grows each year, and the Indian Health Service supports this success by offering information, technical assistance, and policy coordination. 

We value our partnership with the tribes we serve and look forward to continuing to work together to provide access to comprehensive, high quality health care for American Indians and Alaska Natives in the Rapid City metropolitan area.

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