Other Resources

State Agency

Department of Health (DOH) – Community Health Services; WIC, Baby Care; Health KiCC; Family Planning; immunizations; communicable disease testing, counseling and education; home visiting, baby care, HIV testing, and All Women Count.

Department of Social Services (DSS) – Adult Services and Aging, Behavioral Health, Child Care Assistance, Child Protection, Child Support, Child Safety Seat, Economic Assistance (energy and weatherization assistance, SNAP, TANF), Medicaid, Well-Child Care and CHIP.

Department of Human Services (DHS) – Division of Developmental Disabilities, rehabilitation services, and services to the blind and visually impaired.

Department of Labor (DOL) – Career Learning Centers, Adult Education and Literacy Programs.

Department of Education (DOE) – Birth to 3 and Head Start

SD Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) – Provides affordable housing for all South Dakotans, working through local partnerships; provide decent, healthy and safe housing opportunities to those in need, including low-income and moderate-income families, the elderly and disabled.


Catholic Family Services – Adoption and counseling services.

Lutheran Social Services – Adoption and counseling services.

Alcohol & Drug

Community Behavioral Health Services (DSS) – This program accredits and contracts with agencies to provide a continuum of state funded, community based behavioral health services. Individuals who meet programmatic and financial eligibility criteria may qualify for state funded services. Visit the website to find a listing of behavioral health services in your area.

Avoid Opioid Prescription Addiction. Opioids are highly addictive narcotics commonly prescribed to treat pain. South Dakota opioid deaths have increased steadily since 2012. While they may provide relief for those struggling with chronic pain, opioids should be used only as directed by a prescriber. Visit the website for more information on understanding addiction, taking action, and finding help.

Child/Infant Services

Child Care Services (DSS) – 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.

Child Safety Seat Distribution Program (DSS) – Focuses on keeping children safe by providing child safety seats at no cost to families that meet income eligibility.

Children Protection Services (DSS) – Works with families in difficult situations by receiving and assessing reports of child abuse and neglect and connecting parents with resources to help increase their ability to keep children safe. Administers the state’s adoption and foster care services.

Children’s Special Health Services (CSHS) – Provides programs and resources for children and youth (0-21) with special healthcare needs and their families. To contact CSHS, please call 605-773-3693.

Child Support (DSS) – 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.

Bright Start Home Visiting (DOH) – Provides nurse home visiting services to high risk families during pregnancy, after delivery, and continuing until the child’s second or third birthday. The program focuses on high-risk pregnant mothers and new parents with limited economic and/or social and health resources. Services available at sites in Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Pine Ridge, Kyle, Huron, Lawrence/Butte counties, Roberts/Day/Marshall counties and Lyman/Stanley/Hughes counties. For more information, call 605-394-2495.

Baby Care (DOH) – Case management, genetic counseling, perinatal education, prenatal and postpartum home visits.

Dental/Oral Health

Delta Dental – Assists in locating pediatric dentists and maintains a Medicaid hotline for patients with urgent dental needs.  Operates two mobile dental trucks through the Delta Dental Mobile Program to treat children ages 0-21 without access to dental care.

National Maternal & Child Oral Health Resource Center – Resources for oral health services for children and adolescents with special health care needs.


HIV Counseling and testing (DOH) – For testing and counseling for HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. 

Domestic Violence

Victims’ Services Program (DPS) – Crime Victims’ Compensation Program provides monetary assistance to victims of violent crimes.  Listing of Victims Services Programs (domestic violence and sexual assault programs) located in South Dakota.

Economic Assistance

Community Action Programs (DSS) – Provides programs and services for low-income individuals.  Services vary and may include weatherization, community transportation, food pantries and emergency services.

Energy and Weatherization Assistance (DSS) – Helps low-income families pay their heating bills and weatherize their homes.

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) (DSS) – Helps low-income people buy the food they need to remain healthy.

TANF (Temporary Assistance For Needy Families) – Helps provide temporary assistance and economic self-sufficiency for children and families.


Career Learning center (DOL) – Provide education and employment training services that meet the needs of local job seekers and businesses.

Adult Education & Literacy Programs (DOL) – Provide direct services to individuals emphasizing skills such as reading, writing, numeracy, financial literacy, English language competency, problem-solving, health literacy and family literacy.  These skills bolster workplace readiness, transitions to post-secondary education and a higher quality of life.  

Family and Community Health Services

Family and Community Health Services – Services include education and referral; immunizations; communicable disease testing, counseling and education; developmental screenings; prenatal and post-partum home visits; case management of pregnant women; WIC; family planning, nutrition counseling and education; screenings for vision, hearing, blood pressure, blood sugar, and hemoglobin; and many more. 

For Baby’s Sake – Help more babies reach their first birthday through recognizing the early signs of pregnancy, starting prenatal care as soon as possible, and using safe sleep practices.

Head Start

Head Start (DOE) – Comprehensive program that provides educational, nutritional, health and social services to preschool children from low-income families.

Health Care (Insurance and Services)

Medicaid (DSS) – A medical assistance program to help low income individuals, families and children and those who are aged, blind, disabled. Provides health care including regular check-ups, well-child care exams, dental and vision care for children and youth.

Well-Child Care (DSS) – The program provides preventative care and covers general health services which are made available to families once they are eligible for Medicaid.

Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) (DSS)  – Health insurance for children under age 19 based on income and eligibility guidelines.

All Women Count (DOH) – Program helps to cover the cost of breast and cervical cancer screening. Mammograms, Pap smears and related exams are available at no cost to eligible women at many doctors’ offices, mammography units, family planning and other health clinics.

Family Planning (DOH) – Services include education, counseling, nursing, medical and direct contraceptive services to those interested in spacing the birth of their children and/or limiting family size, breast & cervical & sexually transmitted disease screening. Infertility counseling upon request, pregnancy testing and referral, preconception counseling.

Indian Health Services – Services included medical, dental, and environmental health programs.

Community Health Services – Statewide family and community health services and WIC services. Family Planning also available at some sites.

Affordable Care Act – Heath insurance marketplace information.


Call 211 or 605-339-4357 – Information, referral and crisis intervention 24/hours a day.


South Dakota Housing Development Authority – Lists places to rent in SD.


SD Immunizations Program (DOH) – Visit website to find a list of childhood vaccine providers by county.

Infant Loss

SD Infant Loss Center – Providing support services to those who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy, infant or child. For more information, please call 1-605-333-7183


SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) (DSS) – Helps low-income people buy the food they need to remain healthy.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program – A program of SDSU Extension. Hands-on nutrition education focusing on improving the health and well-being of limited resource audiences. 

Family Food Cent$ Newsletter – published by the SDSU Extension Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) through a partnership with the South Dakota Department of Social Services. Available in both English and Spanish.

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservation – Programs on Cheyenne River, Crow Creek, Lower Brule, Oglala Sioux, Rosebud, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate and Yankton Sioux. 

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Persons with a Disability or Developmental Delay

Adult Services and Aging (DSS) – Provides home and community service options to individuals 60 years and older and 18 years and older with physical disabilities, regardless of income.

Rehabilitation Services (DHS) – Program provides individually prescribed training, counseling and job placement services that allow eligible individuals with disabilities to become employed in the labor market.

Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (DHS) – Provides individualized rehabilitation services that result in optimal employment and independent living outcomes for citizens who are blind or visually impaired. 

Birth to 3 – Provides early intervention services, at no cost, for children from birth to age three, who have a disability or a developmental delay.  Services include: audiology, assistive technology, family training and counseling and home visits, health services, medical services for evaluation, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychological services, social work services, service coordination, special instruction, speech and language, transportation, and vision.

SD Parent Connection – Information, resources and referrals to families with children with special needs.

Physical activity

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Poison Control

SD Poison Control Center – Sanford Poison Center is available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.

Suicide Prevention

SD Suicide Prevention Hotline – Information, resources, and 24 hour hotline.

Tobacco Control

SD QuitLine – Enrollment with the SD QuitLine for telephone quit coach support is available and free medication is available with the telephone program. You can also contact them by phone at 1-866-SD-Quits (866-737-8487)

WIC Resources

WIC Works – United States Department of Agriculture WIC Resource system

USDA/ FNS – United Stated Department of Agruculture Food and Nutrition Service Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program