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DSS News provides media and the public with current news and events happening within the Department of Social Services. If you need background or further information on any article, please contact us at or 605.773.3165.

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Feb 02, 2023
Suicide Prevention: Mental Health & Older Adults
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, affecting people of all ages, including older adults.

Jan 30, 2023
Grants available for Child Care Expansion and Startup
Governor Kristi Noem has approved the release of $12.5 million in federal funding over the next year to fuel the expansion and startup of new child care facilities in South Dakota.

Jan 27, 2023
More foster families are needed to care for South Dakota teens and their families
When conditions make it unsafe for teens to be at home, more foster families are needed to care for the teens and support their families.

Jan 23, 2023
Fake Pills Kill: The Increasing Danger of Fentanyl
Counterfeit pills containing deadly amounts of fentanyl are being seized in unprecedented quantities by the DEA in every state, including SD.

Jan 09, 2023
Suicide Prevention: Weathering the Storm
The impacts of winter storms can be stressful but there are resources to help you weather the storm.


Dec 15, 2022
Keeping brothers and sisters together: More foster families needed
When families are in a time of crisis and it is not safe for children to remain at home, keeping brothers and sisters together is a high priority. Unfortunately, this priority is not always possible.

Nov 17, 2022
Invisible Wounds: Preventing suicide among veterans and active duty military in South Dakota
South Dakota is working to prevent suicide among veterans and active duty military. Persistent stress can affect anyone, and those who have served or are currently serving may be at greater risk for suicide than others.

Nov 01, 2022
Raising awareness: More adoptive families needed in SD
Adoption has lifelong positive impacts for the children and families involved. Every child needs love, support, and a safe place to call home.

Oct 26, 2022
Prescription Take-Back Day is Saturday October 29
The next Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Take-Back Day is Saturday October 29.

Oct 24, 2022
Foster youth voices matter in South Dakota
In South Dakota, we value the voices of youth and young adults who are or have been in foster care.

Oct 12, 2022
Farm Stress: You don’t have to do it alone.
Today is National Farmer’s Day and any South Dakota farmer or rancher will tell you that farm life can be demanding and stressful. Symptoms of stress can run high in agriculture, especially during times of unpredictable weather and volatile markets.

Oct 03, 2022
Mental Health: Get Support. Take Control. Feel Better
The first week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) and the Department of Social Services (DSS) is using this time to raise awareness of mental illness, combat stigma, and discuss the resources available in South Dakota.

Sep 22, 2022
September is Kinship Appreciation and Awareness Month
Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed September 2022 as Kinship Appreciation and Awareness Month in South Dakota.

Sep 20, 2022
How to fight stigma about mental health?
Concern about being treated differently leads some people to avoid or delay seeking treatment for their mental health.

Sep 15, 2022
Rapid City DSS office moving to new one-stop location
The Rapid City office of South Dakota’s Department of Social Services (DSS) is moving into a new building at 221 Mall Drive.

Sep 06, 2022
Recovery is for everyone: Behavioral Health Recovery Month
Recovery is possible for everyone and to help spread the news Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed September as Behavioral Health Recovery Month in South Dakota.

Sep 01, 2022
September is Suicide Prevention Month in South Dakota
Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed September as Suicide Prevention Month in South Dakota. This month is a time for raising awareness about suicide prevention and how we can all play a role.

Aug 10, 2022
Water/wastewater assistance available in South Dakota
Assistance for South Dakota families whose water/wastewater service has been disconnected or who are at risk of losing access to water service may be available through the Department of Social Services (DSS).

Aug 02, 2022
Child care listening sessions planned
The Department of Social Services (DSS) is planning several opportunities for child care providers, community members, and families to give their input on how one-time funding for South Dakota’s child care system is spent.

Jul 28, 2022
Tuition assistance available at Southeast Technical College
South Dakotans can get help paying for courses in in-demand fields at Southeast Technical College through a program offered by the Department of Social Services (DSS).

Jul 26, 2022
Honoring importance of Native American foster and kinship families
Native American foster and kinship families play a vital role in the lives of native youth while their parents work through difficulties that make it unsafe to stay at home.

Jul 14, 2022
988 to launch July 16 in South Dakota
A new three-digit dialing code, 988, will launch on Saturday in South Dakota connecting those experiencing mental health distress to compassionate, accessible care and support.

Jul 07, 2022
Resources available to help cope with disasters
When disasters strike, it can leave entire communities in shock with feelings of confusion, fear, and helplessness. Yet there are resources available to help South Dakotans cope.

Jul 06, 2022
DSS making funding for residential alternative care programs available
The Department of Social Services (DSS) is making $5 million available for residential alternative care programs to support alcohol and drug abuse recovery programs and services for women.

Jun 30, 2022
Stronger Families Together initiative hits first year goal
Governor Kristi Noem’s initiative to recruit 300 new foster families in South Dakota successfully surpassed its first year goal.

Jun 21, 2022
Air conditioning assistance available in South Dakota
As temperatures in South Dakota rise with the start of summer, the Department of Social Services (DSS) is reminding the public of an important initiative.

Jun 01, 2022
Additional child care funding available to providers
Governor Kristi Noem is making available additional grants to assist child care providers licensed and registered with the South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS).

May 24, 2022
Celebrating graduation of youth in foster care and adopted youth
May is a time of celebration for many families across South Dakota as students graduate from high school. For some that means a diploma, for others a GED, but either way it means crossing a finish line that’s more than a decade in the making.

May 13, 2022
Mental health help available for storm victims
Help is available for individuals and families dealing with the stress and uncertainty that follows natural disasters like last night’s storms across eastern South Dakota.

May 10, 2022
May is Foster Parent Appreciation Month
Governor Kristi Noem has named May as Foster Parent Appreciation Month to thank those families that have stepped forward to care for South Dakota children.

May 09, 2022
Governor Noem makes May 8-14 Prevention Week in South Dakota
Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed May 8-14, as Prevention Week in South Dakota to help promote substance use prevention and positive mental health in the state.

May 02, 2022
Governor Noem calls for raising mental health awareness
Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed May as Mental Health Awareness Month in South Dakota. It is a time to raise awareness of those living with mental health challenges, reduce stigma, and promote the resources available to help.

Apr 28, 2022
Foster families provide safety and support for children in turmoil
Foster families provide safety, support, and hope for children in turmoil.

Apr 27, 2022
Prescription Take-Back Day is Saturday April 30
South Dakotans are encouraged to safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs during the next Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 30.

Apr 25, 2022
Stress less this Spring
Spring is a wonderful time of year when we emerge from our sleepy winter homes and prepare for a summer of activity and adventure. This time of year can also bring stress as family and school activities reach a fever pitch and businesses prepare for busier days.

Apr 14, 2022
Funding available for furnace repair or replacement
A program helping South Dakotans who own their home afford the repair or replacement of their furnace has more funding available and eligible low-income households in need are encouraged to apply.

Apr 11, 2022
Governor Noem, DSS developing additional regional mental health crisis facilities across state
Governor Kristi Noem and the Department of Social Services (DSS) are working to expand the number of regional behavioral health facilities across the state to create a robust and comprehensive crisis service delivery model.

Apr 04, 2022
Governor Noem calls for prevention of child abuse, neglect
Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month to help bring an end to abuse and neglect in South Dakota.

Mar 15, 2022
CPS staff committed to helping children and families
Child Protection Services (CPS) staff have tough jobs, but also a passion for helping South Dakota children and families.

Feb 22, 2022
Community wrap around support sets up foster families, children for success
In communities across South Dakota, there are individuals and businesses that are helping foster families provide safe and loving homes for children by wrapping around them with supportive services.

Feb 02, 2022
SD Early Childhood Enrichment launches new website for parents, professionals
Today, the South Dakota Early Childhood Enrichment (ECE) system launched a new website creating a centralized online location for early childhood resources including training, education, and technical assistance.

Jan 24, 2022
Stronger Families Together making an impact
Governor Kristi Noem’s initiative to recruit 300 new foster families in South Dakota is more than halfway to its goal.

Jan 31, 2023
Teen Dating Violence Awareness: February Mental Health Memo
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Jan 03, 2023
Put mental health first in the New Year: January Mental Health Memo
As you ring in the New Year, remember every day is an opportunity for a fresh beginning. Taking care of our mental health is just as important as taking care of our physical health.

Dec 01, 2022
Healthy Holiday Habits: December Mental Health Memo
‘Tis the season to be jolly! For many, the holiday season is a time to spread cheer, connect with family and friends, and celebrate togetherness, but for others, the holidays can be less cheerful and more stressful.

Oct 27, 2022
November Mental Health Memo: Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
In the United States approximately 44,000 people die by suicide each year. Suicide not only affects the individual, but the health and well-being of others.

Oct 04, 2022
October Mental Health Memo "Opioid Overdose: A realistic danger"
The dangers of opioids are well documented, and lives are being lost not only in faraway places but right here in South Dakota. The statistics reflect a sobering dose of reality.

Aug 30, 2022
How can you “Be the One”? Mental Health Memo for September
Every one of us has the power to be the one that helps save the life of a person that may be in crisis or contemplating suicide. We can each be the one, but how?

Aug 02, 2022
Preparing for Back-to School Changes: August Mental Health Memo
Just a few short weeks and we will be back to school! Teachers, parents and caregivers are preparing for students to head back into the classroom and the help they provide will play an important role in the success of each student.

Jun 30, 2022
A Time to Be: Mental Health Memo for July
Summer is here! Longer days and warmer weather beckon us outside, away from the inactivity brought on by winter’s chill.

May 31, 2022
Factoring In Our Mental Health: Mental Health Memo for June
As we grow, there are circumstances that can either help or hurt our mental health. These are called protective factors and risk factors.

Apr 29, 2022
Five Tips for Success in College: Mental Health Memo for May
Have you ever reflected on where you are in life and thought “is this what I am supposed to be doing” or “do I feel fulfilled with my career choice”?

Mar 31, 2022
April Mental Health Memo: Celebrating National Pet Day
Animals are a simple pleasure that bring joy to many people almost immediately upon hearing or seeing them.

Mar 01, 2022
If only grief had a road map: March "Mental Health Memo"
Wouldn’t it be ideal if we could tell Siri to pull up the quickest route out of grief?

Feb 01, 2022
February Mental Health Memo: Making this Valentine's Day a Sweet one
We can recreate our own Valentine’s Day experience by making new memories and healthy connections.

Jan 03, 2022
January Mental Health Memo: New Year. Skills for the job of living
To support your well-being, check in with your “jobs of living” as you begin the new year.

Dec 01, 2021
December Mental Health Memo: Weathering the Holiday Season
The month of December is supposed to be a time for excitement and holiday cheer. There are family gatherings, decorating for Christmas, and reflecting on the things (people) for which we are grateful.

Oct 27, 2021
November Mental Health Memo: Managing Grief during the Holiday Season
With a variety of in-store and online advertisements beginning at the first sign of fall, it is nearly impossible to avoid being bombarded with reminders of the upcoming holidays.

Oct 01, 2021
October Mental Health Memo: Every Month Should be Substance Abuse Prevention Month
For a decade, October has been recognized as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.

Sep 01, 2021
Mental Health Memo: Changing the Conversation Around Suicide
It can be said we’re all one significant event away from a mental health crisis.

Jul 30, 2021
Mental Health Memo: 5 Back-to-School-Tips
“Back to School” season can be full of excitement and new adventures, but, for some, the thought of going back to school can bring overwhelming feelings of anxiety about the unknown.

Jul 01, 2021
"Mental Health Memo": Making Summer 2021 a summer to remember
This is the first in an ongoing monthly series of columns (Mental Health Memo) to be authored by a variety of mental health professionals at the Human Services Center in Yankton.