Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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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.

Secretary
Provides administration and direction to all areas of the Department of Social Services.
Contact: Lynne A. Valenti: 605.773.3165

  • Office of Administrative Hearings
    Holds hearings and determines issues if persons are affected by the department’s actions concerning Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), 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

  • 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: 605.773.3165

Accounting and Finance, Chief Financial Officer
Provides support services to oversee and manage the department’s budget and financial operations.
Contact: Laurie Mikkonen: 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: Vacant: 605.773.3656 or 1.866.854.5465

  • 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 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: Tiffany Wolfgang: 605.773.3123 or 1.855.878.6057

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: Vacant: 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, providing services to families and connecting parents with resources to help increase their ability to keep children safe. The Division also administers the state's foster care and adoption services and licensing of child welfare agencies.
Contact: Virgena Wieseler: 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 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

Division of Legal Services, Division Director
Provides legal services to the department secretary as well as to other programs within the department.
Contact: Laura Ringling: 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

  • HIPAA
    Ensures the confidentiality of individual health information and increases their access to personal medical records. Call: 605.773.3165

  • 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 the Division of Legal Services 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: Vacant: 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.

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: Troy Jones: 605.668.3100