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Notice of Public Hearing FY2020 Department of Energy State Plan for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program

The Department of Social Services will hold a public hearing on the proposed FY 2022 State Plan for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program. The hearing is to obtain final comments on the proposed plan. It will be held Tuesday, September 9, 2021 10:00 a.m. CDT.  The call-in number is 605.224.1125 and the access code is 0456424#.

Interested persons may obtain copies of the proposed State Plan by contacting David Gall, Office of Energy Assistance, 910 E Sioux Ave., Pierre, SD 57501 or e-mail david.gall@state.sd.us. Written comments will be accepted until 12:00 p.m. CDT, September 8, 2021.

Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Child Support Guideline Changes
Sioux Falls

The Commission on Child Support will conduct a public hearing on September 30, 2021 in the Rushmore Room of the DSS office at 811 E 10th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103, from 6-8 p.m. CDT, to gather public input on potential changes to South Dakota’s child support guidelines and related statutes.

The Child Support Commission is conducting the review of South Dakota’s child support guidelines required by SDCL 25-7-6.12. The Commission is comprised of representatives of custodial and non-custodial parents, family law attorneys, the judiciary, the legislature, and the Department of Social Services (DSS). The Commission may recommend changes reflecting adjustments in the costs of raising children and other related issues. The Commission will submit its report and recommendations to Governor Kristi Noem and the legislature by December 31, 2021, to be considered during the 2022 legislative session.

Discussions during the public hearing will be limited to potential changes to the child support guidelines and statutes. The hearing is not intended to address individual child support cases, parenting time, or custody concerns.

Members of the public have several options to present public testimony:

  • Written comments may be submitted at any time for consideration by the full Commission by mailing them to the Department of Social Services, Attn: Child Support Commission, 700 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2291. All written comments must be received by Monday, November 1, 2021.
  • Email comments to DCS@state.sd.us. All emailed comments must be received by Monday, November 1, 2021.
  • Members of the public may attend and testify at the hearing in person
  • Members of the public may also attend and testify remotely. To provide adequate time and ensure individuals who wish to be heard have the opportunity to speak, individuals wishing to testify remotely for the public hearing must register at https://dss.sd.gov/docs/childsupport/commissionpublictestimony.pdf by September 23, 2021.

Additional public hearings will be held on the following dates:

For Persons with Disabilities, this hearing will be located at a physically accessible place. Please contact the Department of Social Services at least 48 hours before the public hearing if you have special needs for which special arrangements can be made by calling 605.773.3641.

The Commission’s final report will be available on the DSS website at dss.sd.gov.

Notice of Public Hearing to Adopt Rules

A public hearing will be held at the DSS Building, Prairie Conference Room, 811 East 10th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57103 on Monday, October 4, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. Central Time, to consider the adoption and amendment of proposed Behavioral Health rules numbered

§§ 67:61:01:01, 67:61:02:01 through 67:61:02:17, 67:61:02:19 through 67:61:02:21, 67:61:03:01 through 67:61:03:04, 67:61:04:01, 67:61:04:02, 67:61:04:04 through 67:61:04:10, 67:61:05:01 through 67:61:05:12, 67:61:06:01 through 67:61:06:08, 67:61:07:01 through 67:61:07:12, 67:61:08:01 through 67:61:08:10, 67:61:09:01, 67:61:09:02, 67:61:10:01 through 67:61:10:03, 67:61:11:01 through 67:61:11:08, 67:61:12:01, 67:61:12:02, 67:61:12:04, 67:61:13:01 through 67:61:13:03, 67:61:13:05, 67:61:14:01 through 67:61:14:03, 67:61:14:05, 67:61:15:01 through 67:61:15:05, 67:61:16:01 through 67:61:16:04, 67:61:16:06, 67:61:17:01 through 67:61:17:08, 67:61:17:10, 67:61:18:01 through 67:61:18:07, 67:62:02:01 through 67:62:02:16, 67:62:02:18 through 67:62:02:21, 67:62:04:01, 67:62:04:03, 67:62:04:04, 67:62:05:01, 67:62:05:02, 67:62:05:06 through 67:62:05:08, 67:62:06:07 through 67:62:06:09, 67:62:07:01 through 67:62:07:06, 67:62:08:01 through 67:62:08:14, 67:62:09:01, 67:62:09:02, 67:62:10:01, 67:62:10:02, 67:62:10:04, 67:62:11:01, 67:62:11:02, 67:62:11:04, 67:62:12:01, 67:62:12:02, 67:62:12:04, 67:62:13:01 through 67:62:13:06, 67:62:13:08, 67:62:14:01, 67:62:14:02, 67:62:14:05 through 67:62:14:09, 67:62:15:01, 67:62:15:03, 67:62:15:04, and 67:62:15:17 through 67:62:15:19.

The primary effect of the rule changes is to replace the term division with department throughout most of the articles 67:61 (Substances Use Disorder) and 67:62 (Mental Health). The accreditation and licensing of providers or agencies recently transitioned to the newly formed Office of Licensing and Accreditation within the Department of Social Services.  The proposed change of “division” to “department” within articles 67:61 and 67:62 will reflect this organizational change and allow the Office of Licensing and Accreditation to sign the accreditation certificates issued to agencies by the office that completes the work. 

Additional effects of the rule changes will be to update form and style to current guidance throughout the rules including the removal of acronym’s and to correctly locate SDCL subsection from law implemented to general authority sections. This will be consistent with other rules recently amended.

The reason for adopting the proposed rules is to give authority to the new Office of Licensing and Accreditation within the Department of Social Services so they have the authority to sign the accreditation certificates issued to agencies by the office that completes the work.  Additional reasons for adopting the proposed rules are for consistency with form and style and authority throughout articles 67:61 and 67:62.

Persons interested in presenting amendments, data, opinions, and arguments for or against the proposed rules may appear in-person at the hearing, may attend telephonically by calling 1-866-410-8397 and using conference code 5948747397or mail them to Teresa Schulte, Administrative Rules, Department of Social Services, 811 East 10th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57103. Material sent by mail must reach the Department of Social Services by October 14, 2021, to be considered.

After the public hearing, the Department of Social Services will consider all written and oral comments it receives on the proposed rules. The Department of Social Services may modify or amend a proposed rule at that time to include or exclude matters that are described in this notice.

For Persons with Disabilities: This hearing will be located at a physically accessible place. Please contact Department of Social Services at least 48 hours before the public hearing if you have special needs for which special arrangements can be made by calling (605)-367-5444 ext. 1000309.

Copies of the proposed rules may be obtained without charge from: Teresa Schulte, Department of Social Services, 811 East 10th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57103. Copies of the proposed rules are also available at:http://rules.sd.gov.

Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Child Support Guideline Changes
Rapid City

The Commission on Child Support will conduct a public hearing on October 27, 2021 in the Angostura Room at the DSS office at 510 N Cambell St, Rapid City, SD 57709, from 6-8 p.m. MDT, to gather public input on potential changes to South Dakota’s child support guidelines and related statutes.

The Child Support Commission is conducting the review of South Dakota’s child support guidelines required by SDCL 25-7-6.12. The Commission is comprised of representatives of custodial and non-custodial parents, family law attorneys, the judiciary, the legislature, and the Department of Social Services (DSS). The Commission may recommend changes reflecting adjustments in the costs of raising children and other related issues. The Commission will submit its report and recommendations to Governor Kristi Noem and the legislature by December 31, 2021, to be considered during the 2022 legislative session.

Discussions during the public hearing will be limited to potential changes to the child support guidelines and statutes. The hearing is not intended to address individual child support cases, parenting time, or custody concerns.

Members of the public have several options to present public testimony:

  • Written comments may be submitted at any time for consideration by the full Commission by mailing them to the Department of Social Services, Attn: Child Support Commission, 700 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2291. All written comments must be received by Monday, November 1, 2021.
  • Email comments to DCS@state.sd.us. All emailed comments must be received by Monday, November 1, 2021.
  • Members of the public may attend and testify at the hearing in person
  • Members of the public may also attend and testify remotely. To provide adequate time and ensure individuals who wish to be heard have the opportunity to speak, individuals wishing to testify remotely for the public hearing must register at https://dss.sd.gov/docs/childsupport/commissionpublictestimony.pdf by October 20, 2021.

For Persons with Disabilities, this hearing will be located at a physically accessible place. Please contact the Department of Social Services at least 48 hours before the public hearing if you have special needs for which special arrangements can be made by calling 605.773.3641.

The Commission’s final report will be available on the DSS website at dss.sd.gov.