Link Board Names Executive Director
The Link Board of Directors, which includes representatives from the City of Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, Avera, Sanford, and The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, recently named Bill Earley to serve as the facility’s Executive Director.
In this role, Earley will provide leadership for the facility, which opened June 1, 2021, as a safe place for people experiencing a nonviolent behavioral health crisis or needing care for substance abuse disorders to access immediate treatment and referral to support services.
Most recently, Earley served as chief operating officer and general counsel at West Health in San Diego, a family of nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations dedicated to enabling seniors to successfully age in place, with access to high-quality, affordable health, and support services. He also brings experience from previous positions as president and CEO of the Gary and Mary West Management Company, Inc. and regional CEO of the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties.
“Bill brings a great mix of business, legal, and financial expertise to this position, and will bring a strong perspective to The Link’s leadership team,” said Mayor Paul TenHaken, chair of The Link Board of Directors. “More importantly, Bill has a true servant’s heart for this work and shares our vision for The Link to empower individuals to seek care and provide a connection to services that will help them thrive.”
Earley and his family moved from San Diego to Sioux Falls in 2019 after researching other communities across the country. When they visited Sioux Falls, they knew this was where they wanted to be.
“I like to say we moved to Sioux Falls from California not because of the weather but because of the climate,” Earley said. “From healthcare and business to education, the faith community, and the incredible generosity here, the climate in Sioux Falls is second to none. When I learned about The Link and its forward-thinking partnership of the city, county, and the two health systems, that told me what I needed to know about Sioux Falls and the opportunities here.”
Earley says the vision of The Link as a 24/7 resource for people experiencing mental health crisis and addiction needs is both inspirational and aspirational.
“The Link’s vision is to create a community where hope lives and everyone is respected,” Earley explained. “That is what we aspire to be as a community, and isn’t that a place where everyone wants to live? By coming alongside individuals in our community, by meeting them where they are, we want them to know they are seen and that they matter. We want to inspire residents to seek care for themselves or their loved ones who are struggling with mental illness and addiction. And, we want to inspire our friends and neighbors to join us in our collective effort to reduce stigma and build a stronger, more resilient community. Working together, I’m confident we can do it.”
Services offered at The Link include crisis stabilization for individuals experiencing nonviolent mental health crisis, observation for individuals who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and medically monitored withdrawal management that provides inpatient supervision, observation, and support to individuals experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
The Link is located at 132 North Dakota Avenue. To learn more, visit www.LinkSF.org or call 605‑275‑1000.