Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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Public Hearings & Legal Notices

FY 2018
Department of Energy State Plan for Home Weatherization
Assistance for Low Income Persons

The Department of Social Services will hold a public hearing on the proposed FY 2018 Department of Energy State Plan for Home Weatherization Assistance for Low Income Persons.  The hearing is to obtain final comments on the proposed plan. It will be held Thursday, May 18, 2017, 4 p.m. CDT, in the Conference Room at 910 E. Sioux Ave., Pierre, SD.

Interested persons may obtain copies of the proposed State Plan by contacting Patty Smith, Program Specialist, Office of Energy Assistance, 910 E. Sioux Ave., Pierre, SD 57501. Written comments will be accepted at the address indicated above until 12 p.m. CDT, May 17, 2017.

Notice is further given to handicapped individuals that the hearing is being held in a physically accessible building

Public Comment Notice - HCBS Waiver Amendment

The proposed Home and Community-Based Options and Person Centered Excellence (HOPE) Waiver 30-day public comment period begins April 26, 2017 and closes May 25, 2017.

What is the purpose of the waiver AMENDMENT?

The Division of Adult Services and Aging (ASA) transitioned from the Department of Social Services (DSS) to the Department of Human Services (DHS) resulting in the creation of the Division of Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) within the Department of Human Services.  The Home and Community-Based Services (ASA) Waiver for South Dakotans language is being amended to reflect the change in operating agency from DSS-ASA to DHS-LTSS with an anticipated effective date of July 1, 2017.  The name of the waiver will also transition from the Home and Community-Based Services (ASA) Waiver for South Dakotans to the Home and Community-Based Options and Person Centered Excellence (HOPE) Waiver.  The transition will be seamless for consumers receiving services through the waiver. The purpose of the waiver is to provide home and community-based services to South Dakotans age 65 and older as well as individuals over the age of 18 who have a qualifying disability in order to allow them to remain at home or in the least restrictive environment available. Services are based on assessed need and may include, but are not limited to, homemaker, personal care, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, assisted living, in-home nursing, and emergency response systems.

Who is affected by the Waiver AMENDMENT?

Individuals currently served by or eligible for the Home and Community-Based Services (ASA) Waiver for South Dakotans operated by the Division of Adult Services & Aging are directly affected by the changes.

What are the proposed changes?

The changes that have been included in the Waiver Amendment include:

  • The name of the operating agency from the Department of Social Services’ Division of Adult  Services & Aging to the Department of Human Services’ Division of Long Term Services & Supports.
  •  The name of the Waiver from the Home and Community-Based Services (ASA) Waiver for South Dakotans to the Home and Community-Based Options and Person Centered Excellence (HOPE) Waiver.
  • The requirement for a physician’s order for level of care determinations has been removed.
  • Restraint and seclusion have been added as specific incident categories that must be reported to the LTSS Specialist and require follow up by the LTSS Specialist.  
  • Six performance measures have been added as required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Where can I look at the Waiver AMENDMENT?

The Waiver Amendment can be viewed online at https://dss.sd.gov/asa and http://dhs.sd.gov/ltss/titlexix.aspx. Printed copies may be requested by contacting the Division of Long Term Services & Supports at 605.773.3656.

How do I make a comment?

DSS appreciates your questions and comments. There are four ways to make a comment:

  • Email:
    hcbs@state.sd.us
  • Mail:
    Misty Black Bear, LTSS Waiver Manager
    DHS Division of Long Term Services & Supports
    Hillsview Plaza
    3800 East Hwy 34
    C/O 500 East Capitol
    Pierre, SD 57501
  • Phone:
    LTSS: 605.773.3656
    SD Medicaid: 605.773.3495
  • Public Hearing:
    May 23, 2017: 10 – 11 a.m. (CST)
    Hillsview Plaza, DHS Large Conference Rm
    3800 East Hwy 34
    Pierre, SD 57501
    Dial In: 1.866.410.8397 | Conference Code: 9553117118

State Plan on Aging

In preparation for the next version of the State Plan on Aging, the Department of Human Services' Division of Long Term Services and Supports is seeking comments to the drafted State Plan on Aging for 2017-2021.

The public comment period will be open until May 25, 2017. A public hearding will be held on May 23, 2017. For more information on the public comment period and hearing, please click here.

You can view the drafted 2017-2021 State Plan on Aging at the following links:

Comments will be considered for incorporation to the upcoming version of the State Plan on Aging which will be effective Oct. 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2017. Comments can be submitted to DHS by emailing hcbs@state.sd.us.

The current State Plan on Aging can be found here.