Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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November 16, 2007

State Completes Long-Term Care Study

The South Dakota Department of Social Services and its contractor, Abt Associates of Cambridge, Mass., have recently completed an assessment and evaluation of the state’s long-term care system. This came as a result of the overwhelming support of House Bill 1156, which passed during the 2006 Legislative Session.

The State of South Dakota faces both challenges and opportunities in designing a system of long-term care that promotes the health of its citizens, preserves independence, guards dignity and is financially responsible.

The Department has been actively working with key stakeholders across the state to address and identify the challenges our state is facing. The Long-Term Care study provides us with options and recommendations as to what we can do to improve the long-term care system in our state.

Below you will find three different documents of the Long-Term Care Study, all contain the same information, but are structured and laid out differently, depending on how much or how little you may want to read.

If you have any questions about the study or the information within the report, please call 605-773-3165.