Laurie Gill
Cabinet Secretary

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June 26, 2020
DSS launches crisis counseling, outreach program
The Department of Social Services (DSS) launched 605 Strong, a new crisis counseling program, dedicated to helping people struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 22, 2020
Families set to receive food assistance due to COVID-19
The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) in collaboration with the Department of Education will be providing additional assistance with food costs to families who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals in response to COVID-19 related school closures.

Click here to view more DSS COVID-19 Press Releases

Click here for Behavioral Health COVID-19 resources.

If you or a loved one are at risk of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255) and/or visit the South Dakota Suicide Prevention website for additional resources.

If you or a loved one are experiencing mental health or substance use concerns related to COVID-19, please click here or visit to identify a treatment provider in your area.

The South Dakota Medicaid team continues to work remotely to support providers and recipients who need health care services. Claims payment continues uninterrupted. Whenever possible, we ask providers to utilize the Medicaid Portal.

Resources for Medicaid Recipients:

Resources for Medicaid Providers

South Dakota Medicaid has requested flexibility from the federal government through an 1135 wavier to implement flexibility for Medicaid providers and recipients during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Board of Examiners of Psychologists COVID-19 Updates

Board of Social Work Examiners COVID-19 Updates

Board of Examiners for Counselors & Marriage and Family Therapists update on testing, telehealth and resources

Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals