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Last year the Wellspring clinic in Rapid City improved the lives of more than 650 youth who struggled with behavioral health and substance abuse, and with new additions on the way, counselors will be able to  pour into even more lives.  

Executive director of Wellspring, Jessica Olson, says by December the clinic will have five new bedrooms for young men, which will help them care for 50 patients a year. The clinic currently serves between 70 and 90 adolescent girls a year.   

The clinic will become the only inpatient care facility in western South Dakota for boys who struggle with drugs and  alcohol.  

"Because we are meeting a need in the community that is what I would say desperate," said Olson. "And it's good for the boys who now can stay closer to their families and receive a good high quality treatment."  

The clinic has touched the lives of 25,000 youth over 25 years.

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