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.
Provides administration and direction to all areas of the Department of Social Services.
Contact: Lynne A. Valenti: 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: Yvette Thomas: 605.773.3656 or 1.866.854.5465
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
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
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: Johanna Barraza-Cannon: 605.773.3495
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