Care Campus addiction technicians play an important role in the success of the program

RAPID CITY, SD — In its first three years, Pennington County Care Campus has helped people with addictions and mental health issues nearly 80,000 times

Timothy Montgomery started working at the Care Campus over a year ago and has been working as a rehab technician for almost six months.

“We bring them into one of our treatment rooms, help them change if they need to. Wash their clothes, take inventory of their stuff so they don’t lose anything while they’re here,” Montgomery explained. “Keep an eye on them, make sure they’re okay. If any issues arise, you need to make sure you’re on the ball to take care of anything.

People requesting the detox option have their vital signs taken and interviewed before technicians escort them into an area of ​​the building to monitor them as they begin the cleaning process. Safe Solutions is another option, offering a short-term stay for anyone unsure of the drug rehab program or seeking shelter from the weather.

Whatever choice people make, Montgomery and other staff members understand the importance of being equally compassionate to the people they meet and interact with.

“Not only do you have to understand why they are here, but who they are,” he said. “But also understand how they might feel if you don’t treat them with some respect.”

On Tuesday, July 26, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and Care Campus will hold walk-in interviews on the second floor of the building for anyone interested. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, and must pass a background check.

The interviews will last about twenty minutes per person.

“From the point of intoxication, to impatient treatment, we see people on all levels. Just someone who likes to help, wants to be part of a bigger system,” said manager David Oster. “We are part of the sheriff’s office. We work in close collaboration with the quality of life unit of the gendarmerie. We work closely with health and social services. So you are part of a larger effort to try to help people in our community struggling with addiction.

Care Campus officials will begin conducting interviews at 9:00 a.m. and will continue until 6:00 p.m.

Ryan H. Bowman