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605 Strong Department of Health COVID

August 19, 2020
DSS provides support to child care programs
The Department of Social Services (DSS) has awarded more than $3 million to child care providers so far in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as part of ongoing efforts to support South Dakota families.

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 FindTreatment.gov 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 Addiction and Prevention Professionals

Board of Examiners for Counselors & Marriage and Family Therapists

Telehealth:  In light of CDC recommendations and state actions regarding social distancing, the Board is receiving a high volume of inquiries regarding the provision of counseling by electronic means.   The short answer is:  Providing counseling services via electronic means in South Dakota is allowed under South Dakota’s laws and administrative rules, if you meet the requirements to do so.

Normally, anyone providing counseling or therapy services from South Dakota or to a client located in South Dakota, is required to be licensed as a counselor or marriage and family therapist by the BoardThis includes counseling and therapy services provided by electronic means.  However, Executive Order 2020-06 has been issued to address COVID-19 in South Dakota.  This Executive Order temporarily recognizes licenses issued by another state authorizing an individual to perform counseling or therapy services through December 30, 2020, unless sooner terminated or extended.

South Dakota does allow for licensure by endorsement if you have been licensed in another state as a counselor or marriage and family therapist for at least 3 years and you have taken one of the national examinations required for licensure in South Dakota.  If you wish to become fully licensed in South Dakota to provide services in South Dakota beyond the effective date of the Executive order, you may do so by completing the appropriate application for licensure by endorsement. Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Board will allow your national examination scores to be verified by your licensing state or the national testing agency.  This exception to primary source verification of national examination scores will remain in effect until September 1st.

If you would like to explore licensure by endorsement, please review the application requirements for the specific license.

Licensed Professional Counselor Application by Endorsement
Licensed Professional Counselor - Mental Health Application by Endorsement
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Application by Endorsement

Counselors or marriage and family therapists providing counseling or therapy services by electronic means in South Dakota are required to meet all the HIPAA requirements to ensure confidentiality of session and meet all the requirements of the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics or the American Association from Marriage and Family Therapy Code of Ethics.

Resources:  In an effort to keep informed about the changing circumstances of COVID-19, below are resources that are routinely updated:

The Board is working to assist you during this unprecedented time.  Please continue to check this website for additional updates. 
Please email or call if you have any questions
sdbce@midwestsolutionssd.com
605-224-1721