Lynne A. Valenti,
Cabinet Secretary


List of 125 Family Activities

Senior Health Information and Insurance Education

LTC Partnership Program

  • DSS offers a wide variety of career opportunities; including Child Support Specialists, Economic Assistance Benefits Specialists, Family Services Specialists and more. Find out how you can join our team today.
Health Insurance Marketplace

Beginning on October 1, 2013, South Dakotans now have some new options to apply for healthcare coverage. The new Health Insurance Marketplace is now open for individuals and families to look for affordable health insurance. Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2014, and depending on your income you may even be able to get help paying for the insurance premiums. To see your healthcare coverage options through the new on-line Health Insurance Marketplace click here: or call 1-800-318-2596 for more information.

South Dakota Medicaid and CHIP

Individuals and families with lower incomes may qualify for South Dakota's Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) programs. To find out more about Medicaid and CHIP and whether you might qualify, click here.


Invitation to Discuss and Demonstrate
The State of South Dakota, Department of Social Services (DSS) is issuing a “Invitation to Discuss and Demonstrate (IDD)” to review and research existing Medical assistance eligibility systems that are operational in at least one State.  For more information click here


Strengthening and supporting individuals and families by promoting cost effective and comprehensive services in connection with our partners that foster independent and healthy families.

Guiding Principles

  • We believe families have the right to be safe and secure.
  • We believe in providing opportunities and choices that support the needs of families through available and accessible services.
  • We believe in collaborative communications, teamwork, partnerships and trust for essential family services.
  • We believe in respecting individual and cultural differences by treating people with dignity, fairness and respect.
  • We believe in focusing on results, quality and continuous improvement and on using state-of-the-art technology to be more efficient and effective.
  • We believe in professional and well-trained staff who are competent, accountable and empowered.
  • We believe in providing quality, timely customer service through the “no wrong door” approach.


  • Ensure access to services for our customers.
  • Protect individuals from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
  • Foster partnerships to leverage resources for our customers.
  • Improve outcomes through continuous quality improvement.
  • Strengthen and align human resources to meet our mission.

Strategic Plan

Enrolling in Federal Health Insurance

Medicaid Solutions Work Group

Medicaid Expansion

South Dakota Medicaid Reports

Medicaid Advisory Committee