Staff and Program Directory
Here you will find detailed descriptions of the different divisions and programs within the department, who to contact for each area and how to contact them.
Provides administration and direction to all areas of the Department of Social Services. Contact: Kim Malsam-Rysdon
- Deputy Secretary
Contact: Lynne Valenti: 605-773-3165
- Deputy Secretray
Contact: Amy Iversen-Pollreisz: 605-773-3165
- Administrative Hearings
Holds hearings and determines issues if persons are affected by the department’s actions concerning Food Stamps, Medical Assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Child Care Services, Central Registry for Child Abuse and Neglect matters within the Division of Child Protection Services, Low Income Energy Assistance and Child Support Enforcement.
Contact: Eric Monson, Chief Hearing Examiner: 605-773-6851
- Administrative Rules
Administrative Rules are statements of general applicability; which implement, interpret, or prescribe the actions that may be taken by the programs administered by the department.
Contact: Laura Ringling: 605-773-3165
- Constituent Liaison
Provides information to the public about services in our department. This individual receives and investigates complaints and ensures they are responded to in a comprehensive and timely manner. Contact: Valerie Kelly: 1-800-597-1603
- Communications Director
Provides a system of mass communication services related to public relations, web development, media relations and other information pertinent to the public. Contact: Kristin Kellar 605-773-3165
- Crime Victims' Compensation Program
Provides monetary compensation to victims of violent crimes.
Contact: VictimsServices@state.sd.us or 605-773-6317 or 1-800-696-9476
- Domestic Abuse Program
Provides shelter and support services for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.
Contact: VictimsServices@state.sd.us or 605-773-3109
- Recoveries and Fraud Investigations
Provides benefit fraud investigations, recovers Medicaid expenses from third party resources, administers the Medicaid Estate Recovery Program and is responsible for recovery of all debts owed through the department.
Contact: Brandin Seibel: Program Administrator: 605-773-3653
- Statistical Information
Provides statistical information and data analysis for the department. Contact: DSSInfo@state.sd.us: 605-773-2054
Accounting and Finance, Chief Financial Officer
Provides support services to oversee and manage the department’s budget and financial operations. Contact: Brenda Tidball-Zeltinger: 605-773-3165
Division of Adult Services and Aging, Division Director
Provides home and community service options to individuals 60 years of age and older and 18 years of age and older with physical disabilities, regardless of income. The focus of this division is to enable these South Dakotans to live independent, meaningful and dignified lives while maintaining close family and community ties. Contact: Marilyn Kinsman: 605-773-3656 or 1-866-854-5465
- RxAccess Program (Medication Assistance)
Provides people with access to drug company assistance programs that supply prescription medications at low or no cost. Call: 605-773-3656
- Senior Health Information and Insurance (SHIINE)
Provides education to Medicare beneficiaries and their families on Medicare and Medicare Plus Choice issues, as well as private health insurance policies like long-term care insurance and Medicare supplemental insurance.
Division of Child Care Services, Division Director
Provides assistance to low-income families who need help with child care costs while parents work or attend school. They also provide oversight, technical assistance and support in promoting safe, healthy and caring environments for children through licensing, registration and quality improvement activities. Contact: Patricia Monson: 605-773-4766 or 1-800-227-3020
- Child Care Licensing
Provides accurate information pertaining to the licensing of child care facilities in South Dakota. Contact: Carroll Forsch: 605-773-7176
- Child Care Assistance
Provides Federal Child Care and Development Block Grant funds to help low-income families pay for the child care as they work, attend school, or both. Contact: Amy Gorham: 605-773-7274
Division of Child Protection Services, Division Director
Works with families in difficult situations by receiving and assessing reports of child abuse and neglect and connecting parents with resources to help increas their ability to keep children safe. They also administer the state's adoption and foster care services. Contact: Virgena Wieseler: 605-773-3227
- South Dakota Family and Children Information System (FACIS) Provides intake information, alternative care information, case management data, foster care inquiries, adoption inquiries, foster care licensing, adoption approvals, and Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data. Contact: 605-773-3227
Division of Child Support, Division Director
Helps parents establish a financial partnership to support their children when they do not live together. They also help locate non-custodial parents, establish paternity and enforce child support orders and collect and process support payments. Contact: Gail Stoltenburg: 605-773-3641
Division of Community Behavioral Health Services, Division Director
Ensures children and adults with mental health disorders and chemical dependency in South Dakota communities have the opportunity to choose and receive effective services needed to promote resilience and recovery. Contact: e-mail, 605-773-3123 or 1-855-878-6057
Division of Correctional Behavioral Health Services, Division Director
Provides mental health and chemical dependency treatment services for youth and men and women in the state's correctional institutions. Contact: Tiffany Wolfgang, 605-367-5236
Division of Economic Assistance, Division Director
Provides medical, nutritional, financial, and case management services to promote the well-being of lower income families, children, people with disabilities, and the elderly.
Contact: Carrie Johnson: 605-773-4678
- Auxiliary Placement
Provides educational placement assistance for children in care of the department. Contact: Judy Hoscheid: Program Specialist: 605-773-3448
- Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
Provides health insurance at little or no cost for South Dakota children who meet certain eligibility requirements. Call Toll Free: 1-800-305-3064 or email.
- Community Assistance Program
Provides programs and services to low-income South Dakotans. Services vary by agency and may include weatherization, community transportation, food pantries, and emergency services. Contact: Kathleen Skoglund: 605-773-4678
- Energy and Weatherization Assistance
Provides assistance to low income families to help them pay for their heating bills and weatherize their homes. Contact: David Gall: 605-773-3766 or 1-800-233-8503
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Provides assistance to low income families to help them buy food to remain healthy. Contact: Judy Toelle, Program Administrator: 605-773-3493 or 1-877-999-5612
- Medical Eligibility
Provides medical assistance for individuals, families, and children who are eligible. Contact: Jolene Brakke, Program Administrator: 605-773-4678
- Sales Tax on Food Refund Program
Provides refunds of sales tax payments on food to low income families. Contact: Virginia Hanson, Program Specialist: 605-773-4105
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Provides temporary monthly cash to assist families in need.
Contact: Jim Valnes, Program Administrator: 605-773-4678
- Quality Control
Provides assurance that government dollars are properly spent when determining eligibility for the different services through our department. Contact: Mary Davis, Program Specialist (Sturgis): 605-347-2588 ext 210
Division of Legal Services, Division Director
Provides legal services to the department secretary as well as to other programs within the department. Contact: Dan Todd: 605-773-3305
- Discrimination Complaints
Ensures program services and benefits are available to every qualified applicant without regard to race, color, sex, age, disability, religion and national origin. Call: 605-773-3305
Ensures the confidentiality of individual health information and increases their access to personal medical records.
- Public Hearings and Legal Notices
View the most current hearings and other legal notices held by the Department.
- Ensures all open and public record requests are handled in a timely and effective manner based on the intent of the request.
- To submit a request for public record, please contact Dan Todd at 605-773-3305 or send a written request to the Division of Legal Services, 700 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501.
Division of Medical Services, Division Director
Oversees all areas of the Medicaid Program, except for the eligibility criteria which is handled by the Division of Economic Assistance. This division works with all enrolled South Dakota Medicaid providers.
Contact: Kirby Stone, 605-773-3495
- Provider Information: 1-800-452-7691
- Recipient Information: 1-800-597-1603
- South Dakota Medical Electronic Data Exchange (SD MEDX) SD MEDX enhances our ability to meet the needs of the individuals we serve by offering more efficient claims and payment processes, enabling access to useful information for our providers and recipients, and helping us to more effectively manage Medicaid operations. For help in navigating through this new system, click here.
Human Services Center, Administrator
Provides individuals who are mentally ill or chemically dependent with effective, individualized professional treatment enabling them to achieve their highest level of personal independence in the most therapeutic environment. Contact: Ric Compton: 605-668-3100