Laurie Gill
Cabinet Secretary

DSS Mobile Logo Mobile Menu Button

Home and Community Based Services

South Dakota has four Medicaid 1915(c) waivers operated by the Departments of Social Services and Human Services. Each Waiver targets a specific population and provides a menu of services to meet the needs of the target population:

Home and Community Based Services Statewide Transition Plan

On January 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule regarding Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Setting requirements. The final rule establishes an outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based settings, as opposed to previous definitions that were based solely on a setting's location, geography or physical characteristics. The intent of this is to ensure individuals in Medicaid's HCBS waiver programs receive services and supports in the most integrated setting and have full access to the benefits of community living.

The final rule requires that all home and community-based residential settings meet certain qualifications including:

  • Community Integration and Access
  • Ensure Individual Rights of Privacy, Dignity, and Respect
  • Freedom from Coercion and Restraint
  • Optimized Autonomy  and Independence
  • Individual Choice

The Departments of Social Services and Human Services worked collaboratively to review the final rule. Per the requirements of the final rule, South Dakota Medicaid developed a transition plan for HCBS settings in South Dakota to be approved by CMS. The Departments are working closely with providers to ensure a smooth transition and continued compliance with the new rules.

South Dakota’s original Home and Community Based Statewide Transition Plan was submitted to CMS on March 12, 2015. A revised Transition Plan was submitted to CMS on April 6, 2016 and CMS granted initial approval of the Transition Plan on June 2, 2017. The plan being submitted for final approval is open for public comment from December 10, 2018 to January 8, 2019.

    View South Dakota's Transition Plan

There are four ways to make a comment:

  1. Email:
  2. Mail: South Dakota Medicaid
    ATTN: HCBS Transition Plan
    700 Governors Drive
    Pierre, SD 57501
  3. Phone: 605.773.6604
  4. Town Hall Conference Call:
    December 19, 2018 1:00-2:00 PM (CST)
    December 20, 2018 1:00-2:00 (CST)
    Dial In: 1.866.410.8397 | Conference code: 6256779181

2018 Formal Public Comment Period Informational Materials

Other Resources

Assisted Living Provider Education Materials

HCBS Draft Transition Webinars

HCBS Informational and Settings Assessment Webinars

More Information
More information about the Final Rule is available from the following resources: