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September 3, 2010

South Dakota’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Received Regional Awards

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP; formerly called Food Stamps) received three awards at the SNAP Makes History, Responding to America in Need conference.

The awards recognized the state’s program for its excellence in operations, program integrity and outstanding performance in collecting claims.

“Our state’s SNAP program is one of the best in the nation,” said Gov. Mike Rounds. “I am proud of the state employees who work every day to administer a quality program for South Dakota families and individuals in need of our help.”

The awards South Dakota received include:

  1. Mountain Plains Summit Award

The Mountain Plains Summit Award recognized the state within the Mountain Plains Region that has excelled in SNAP operations, including quality control and participation data.

    • In June, South Dakota received a total of $550,198 in federal funding for being second in the nation for both the lowest payment error rate (0.94 percent) and the lowest negative error rate (0.70 percent) in federal fiscal year 2009.

Since this award’s inception in 2001, it has been received by South Dakota four times (2001, 2004,
2008 and 2010). 

  1. Outstanding Performance in Claims Collection Award

South Dakota received the award for having the highest ratio of claims collected – meaning the state had the highest percentage of SNAP overpayments collected among the 10 states in the Mountain Plains region. That is due in part to the dedicated staff in the Department of Social Services’ Office of Recoveries and Fraud Investigations.

  1. Excellence in Program Integrity Awards

This award was presented to one state in each of the three regions that has shown continuous dedication and commitment to payment accuracy by achieving the lowest combined payment error rate and negative error rate as averaged over the past three years. South Dakota received the award for the Mountain Plains Region.

“These awards are real compliments to the staff in the Division of Economic Assistance who received them on behalf of our Department. It is a high priority within the SNAP program to consistently deliver quality services and help the families who need it the most,” said Department of Social Services’ Secretary Deb Bowman. 

About SNAP: The Department of Social Services administers the SNAP program, formerly known as the food stamp program, to help low-income South Dakotans buy the food they need to stay healthy while they work to regain financial independence. SNAP benefits are provided to supplement the recipient’s food budget. The amount of benefits a household receives is based on its size, income and allowable expenses. For more information about the SNAP program, call 1-877-999-5612 or visit http://dss.sd.gov/snap/index.asp.