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Insurance and Health Related Programs

Children's Health Insurance Program, SD Department of Social Services
The South Dakota Children's Health Insurance Program, more commonly referred to as CHIP, provides quality health care (including regular check-ups, Well-Child Care exams, dental and vision care) for children and youth.

Who can apply? Must be under the age of 19 and current resident of South Dakota.

Children who are uninsured or already have health insurance may be eligible for CHIP based on income and eligibility guidelines. Please click on the link above for the guidelines.

Cochlear Implant Program, SD Department of Human Services

This program is designed to provide financial assistance to an eligible individual who is uninsured or to help offset the deductible or coinsurance for an individual with an insurance plan that covers cochlear implants. The program provides funding for the cost of the implant surgery for one ear or both ears, one or two implant devices, surgeon fee, hospital fee, the initial mapping and up to a maximum of 12 follow up mappings within one-year post surgery.

•    Individual less than 21 years of age at the time of application
•    Is a resident of South Dakota
•    Has a severe to profound hearing loss as diagnosed by an audiologist
•    Is medically recommended for a cochlear implant by the individual's cochlear implant surgeon

Disabled Children's Program, SD Department of Social Services

The Disabled Children's Program provides South Dakota Medicaid for certain disabled children in South Dakota. The program is intended for children with disabilities who have medically fragile conditions requiring skilled nursing care in a medical facility if they were not being cared for at home.

Eligibility Requirements:
•    Must be under age 19
•    Must be found disabled by the Social Security Administration or the Department of Social Services using disability standards from the Social Security Act
•    Must require medical care in the home comparable to a level of care needed in a hospital, nursing facility or intermediate care facility.
•    Health care services received in the home must have been ordered by a physician & could only be performed by a physician or nurse if the child were in a medical facility
•    Cost of the child's monthly health care services at home must be the same or less than the cost of treating the child within a medical facility
•    The child's monthly income must be less than 300% of the SSI Standard Benefit Amount ($2,205) and resources must be less than $2,000.

Family Support 360 Program, SD Department of Human Services

The Statewide Family Support Program is designed to assist families who have a child with a developmental disability, age birth to 22, living in the home. A flexible pool of limited funds is available to eligible families, regardless of income, for the purchase of services or supports that may not otherwise be available (incontinence supplies, therapeutic devices, home and vehicle modification, other needs). Once eligibility has been established, a family will receive support through the Statewide Family Support Program while waiting for the opportunity to transfer to the Family Support 360 Waiver. The Family Support 360 Waiver provides service coordination, a wide array of services, and potential access to Medicaid for the eligible child. The Family Support 360 Waiver allows the family to choose service providers and direct the services they receive.

How to Apply for Children:
•    You must complete a Statewide Family Support application including documentation of the disability. You can get an application by calling the Division of Developmental Disabilities at 800-265-9684 or print one out and mail. Application
•    If the child is eligible and there is availability on one of the local programs, a referral is made to the Coordinator.
•    If there is not availability on a local program, the family will receive a limited amount of financial assistance from the Statewide Program to purchase services or supports.
•    A family can choose to stay on the Statewide Program, but there is no service coordination available.

How to Apply for Adults:
•    You must complete a Family Support 360 application including documentation of the disability. You can download the application here, or call the Division of Developmental Disabilities:
o    Pierre       
o    Brookings 
o    Sioux Falls   
o    Rapid City  
•    If there is availability on one of the local programs, a referral is made to the Coordinator.
•    If there is no immediate availability on a local program, the person is offered information and provided assistance to access alternative service options.

Foundation for Health Coverage Education
Our mission is to simplify public and private health insurance eligibility information in order to help more people to access coverage.

Get Covered South Dakota
Get Covered South Dakota for a new state of health. Find local help to learn about affordable healthcare options. Enrollment specialists provide free assistance and connect you with resources that help you get covered.

Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Health Board Navigator Program
The GPTCHB Health Insurance Exchange Navigators are free in-person assisters available to help Native Americans find, understand and enroll in the most affordable and highest quality health insurance. English and Spanish
800-318-2596 English, Spanish and other Languages
TTY: 855-889-4325
Information on health insurance and Marketplace Exchange plans. Enroll in an insurance plan online or by phone.

Hearing Aid Assistance Program (HAAP)
HAAP will help with the cost of hearing aid(s) and associated ear mold(s) for South Dakota children, younger than 19, with progressive or permanent hearing loss who would benefit from hearing aid(s).

Who is eligible?
•    Must be a resident of South Dakota
•    Must be under 19 years of age
•    Must have progressive or permanent hearing loss requiring hearing aid(s)
•    Must not have received hearing aid(s) from HAAP or S.D. Medicaid within three years prior to date of application
•    Must be financially eligible (household income of less than 400% of federal poverty guidelines)

How do I apply?
•    Complete an application
•    Can be picked up at many audiologist offices across the state
•    Can be mailed upon request by calling the number listed above

Medicaid, SD Department of Social Services
877-999-5612 (Eligibility)
800-597-1603 (Claims)

Medicaid provides health care (including regular check-ups, well-child exams, dental and vision care) for low income children and youth.

How to apply?
•    Complete an on-line application
•    Complete a paper application and mail or drop off at your local Department of Social Services. A list of local offices can be found online at

What you may need to apply:
•    Social Security Numbers (or documents for any eligible immigrants who need coverage)
•    Employer and income information for everyone in your family (for example, from pay stubs, W-2 forms, or wag and tax statements
•    Policy numbers for any current health insurance
•    Information about any job-related health insurance available to your family

Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD)
MAWD is an incentive for people with disabilities to return to work or remain working and allows an individual to remain on, or become eligible for, health insurance through Medicaid.

Eligibility Requirements:
•    Must be employed
•    Have a significant disability
•    Have countable resources less than $8,000.00, and have less than $694.00 in monthly unearned income such as SSDI or VA benefits

Who Do I Contact or How to Apply for MAWD?
•    Your local Department of Social Services: 1-877-999-5612 or
•    Your local Division or Rehabilitation Services Office: 605-773-3195
•    Your local Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired office: 1-800-265-9684

Supported Employment Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services

Supported employment is when an individual with the most severe disabilities is working in the community alongside individuals who do not have disabilities. Supported employment is receiving the training at the job site and having available the necessary ongoing supports to help maintain the employment.

Who Is Eligible? Any individual with the most severe disabilities who has been unable to obtain or maintain competitive employment because of their disability, and because of their disability need intensive supported employment services. Individuals should apply for services at their local DRS Office.

Premium Assistance Program, SD Department of Social Services
Provides financial assistance for private insurance premiums to Medicaid eligible children and adults on a case-by-case basis.

South Dakota Community Action Partnership Health Insurance Exchange Navigators
Certified Navigators assist consumers to understand their Health Insurance Marketplace coverage options and provide unbiased, no-cost assistance to consumers who wish to enroll in a Marketplace health plan or Medicaid/CHIP.

South Dakota QuitLine
866-SD-QUITS (866-737-8487)
Free access to online quit tools, support from other tobacco users who are trying to quit, and other information to make your quit attempt easier. Enrollment with the SD QuitLine for telephone quit coach support is available and free medication is available with the telephone program.

South Dakota Division of Insurance

Consumer information and protection. Find agencies licensed to sell insurance in South Dakota, help for insurance issues.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Children, Social Security Administration (Multiple languages)
TTY: 800-325-0778

SSI is a Federal income supplement program designed to help low income individuals who are aged, blind or disabled. In South Dakota, SSI beneficiaries also receive medical assistance (Medicaid).

Who Is Eligible:
•    Aged (age 65 or older)
•    Blind
•    Disabled
•    Has limited income
•    Has limited resources
•    Is a U.S. citizen or national, or in one of certain categories of aliens
•    Resident of one of the 50 States, District of Columbia or the Northern Mariana Islands
•    Is not absent from the country for a full calendar month or for 30 consecutive days or more
•    Is not confined to an institution (such as hospital or prison) at the government's expense
•    Applies for any other cash benefits or payments for which he or she may be eligible (pensions, Social Security benefits

Medication Assistance

Cancer Care Co-Payment Assistance Foundation

Helps insured people afford co-payments for chemotherapy and targeted drugs for certain covered conditions. Must meet financial, medical and insurance criteria. Eligibility Requirements.

Once you have read the eligibility requirements, you will need to gather the following information:
•    Home
•    Date of birth
•    Phone number
•    Primary/mailing address
•    Social Security Number
•    Number of dependents
•    Annual Household Income
•    Health insurance information for medical and prescription coverage
•    Diagnosis
•    Product or medication(s) prescribed

How Do I Apply?
•    You can go to their Portal Site.

Drug discount cards are not insurance. They are used to lower the cost of prescriptions and/or over the counter medications when the user does not have or chooses not to use insurance. Some discount cards can be used by multiple family members, others are for use by one specific individual.


This is a nationwide Prescription Assistance Program (PAP) sponsored by a non-profit organization to help all Americans lower their prescription drug costs. This free Rx coupon card will provide you with Rx medication savings of up to 90% at more than 68,000 national and regional pharmacies across the country including: Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, Walmart Pharmacy, Rite Aid, Kroger, Kmart Pharmacy, and Safeway. You can print as many cards as you need. This free drug coupon card is pre-activated and can be used immediately.

Rx Free Card
A FREE discount prescription drug card entitling you, your family, and pets substantial savings of up to 80% from pharmacy's usual and customary prices. NOT available in Tennessee. To get your RxFreeCard simply click here. You can then print your card or save the mobile version to your phone. Participating pharmacies include: Sam's Club, Walmart Pharmacy, Albertsons, CVS Pharmacy, Target, Walgreens, Costco, Kmart, Shopko, Medicap Pharmacy, Hy-Vee Pharmacy, The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, Safeway, and Pamida.

Med Saver Card
Simply print your FREE MedSaverCard, bring it to any participating pharmacy nationwide, and receive up to an 80% discount off your pharmacy's usual and customary prices. Participating pharmacies include: Sam's Club, Walmart Pharmacy, Albertsons, CVS Pharmacy, Target, Walgreens, Costco, Kmart, Shopko, Medicap Pharmacy, Hy-Vee Pharmacy, The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, Safeway and Pamida.

Your RX Card
You can save up to 75% off on all FDA approved drugs at 57,000 pharmacies nationwide. This free prescription drug card program is being produced to help all Americans cut their prescription drug costs. Simply download your FREE Prescription Drug Card and receive savings of up to 75% at more than 57,000 national, regional, and local pharmacies.

Medication Discount Card
Search for your medication to find the exact pricing at your local pharmacy. Savings generally vary between 10% to 84%. There is no application, no health restrictions, no fees, and the card will never expire.

NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card
The free NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card can help you save up to 80% off the price of your prescription medications. Does require a $5.00 donation.

Community Assistance Program Prescription Drug Discount Card
The Community Assistance Program (CAP) discount prescription card was established in response to the many requests for assistance for the uninsured and underinsured with their prescription needs. The CAP card saves the cardholder an average 15% on brand name medications, and 55% on generic medications. The discount prescription cards are accepted at over 80% of pharmacies in the US and its territories, including Puerto Rico. Anyone can use the CAP card, regardless of age or income. Our discount prescription card can allow someone to fill a prescription when they may normally go without.

South Dakota RX Card
As a resident of South Dakota, you and your family have access to a statewide Prescription Assistance Program (PAP). This pharmacy coupon cared will provide you with RX medication savings of up to 75% at more than 68,000 pharmacies across the country including: CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Walmart, Safeway, Kmart Pharmacy, Shopko, Albertsons any many more.

Good Days from CDF
Helps qualified patients pay their insurance co-pays for prescription medications. Transportation, lodging and related expenses may also be provided for covered conditions. This program offers free medication to people who otherwise cannot afford their medications. Patients must meet financial and other program specific criteria to be eligible for assistance.
•    You need to enter your prescription here and hit submit.
•    It will take you to a list of medications and select the drug name.
•    It will take you to another page with program details.
•    You will need to create an account with them before you can enroll in the program, under the Eligibility section.

NeedyMeds, Inc.
NeedyMeds maintains current information about many sources of medication and health care cost assistance that anyone can use without registering or entering any personal data.

NORD Patient Assistance Programs
NORD administers Patient Assistance Programs to help patients obtain life-saving or life-sustaining medication they could not otherwise afford. NORD has expanded its services to offer financial assistance with insurance premiums, patient co-pay fees, diagnostic testing expenses, and travel to and consultation with disease specialists that are not covered by a patient's insurance plan.

Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation
Provides insured patients with co-payment assistance for treatments and medications through nearly 60 disease-specific programs.

How to apply:
•    Over the phone at 1-866-316-7263 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.
•    Online through there self-service portals 24/17.

Application Checklist: The following patient information is required to complete the application.
•    Diagnosis and medication name
•    Demographics: Name, address, phone number, and e-mail address
•    Income: Gross income applicable to the patient and all members of the patient's household
•    Insurance: Health insurance and pharmacy card(s)
•    Physician Demographics: Prescribing physician name, phone number, and facility address

Applicants are required to attest that the application information provided is complete and accurate. Reported financial information may be verified by an audit, as deemed necessary by PAN.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)
A free and confidential program with an easy-to-use website, and mobile app available for free on Google Play and in the Apple App Store, offering a single point of access to programs that offer more than 2,500 brand-name and generic prescription medicines for free or nearly free. Includes more than 40 assistance programs that focus on the health care needs of children.

Pfizer RXPathways
866-776-3700 (English and Spanish)
A comprehensive assistance program that provides eligible patients with a range of support services, including insurance counseling, co-pay assistance, and access to medicines for free or at a savings.

How to apply:
•    If you would like to apply to receive any of the Group A medications for free through the Pfizer Patient Assistance Program, please click here to view the Group A medications and application form.
•    If you would like to apply to receive any of the Group B medications for free through the Pfizer Patient Assistance Program, please click here to view the Group B medications and application form.
•    If you would like to receive assistance with Prevnar 13 (Pneumococcal 13-valent Conjugate Vaccine) for free through your doctor's office, please click here to complete the application form.
•    If you would like to receive assistance for Lyrica, please click here to complete the application form.

Rx Hope
RxHope helps people in need obtain medications they can't afford by helping navigate and advocate through the various programs available for medication assistance.

Patients can initiate the patient assistance process in a few simple steps...
•    Enter your contact information and select the medication for which you are applying
•    Review the program guidelines and requirements that will be listed on your screen
•    To complete your request, click on blue link that says: Apply online Now
•    Follow the instructions and print out your request for your healthcare provider to complete

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Patient Travel and Lodging

Air Care Alliance
Extensive listing of free air transport services provided by volunteer pilots and dozens of charitable aviation groups. If you are seeking free air transportation or aviation services you can send an inquiry to each appropriate organization in one easy step by providing us the necessary information about your transportation needs.

Angel Wheels to Healing
Angel Wheels to Healing is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing non-emergency long-distance ground transportation assistance to patients in need, including gas cards to off-set fuel costs. Angel Wheels utilizes motor coaches and their volunteer drivers as well as commercial transportation. Complete Request Assistance form.

Angel Flight
Angel Flight arranges free air transportation to medical treatment for individuals and organizations when financial need or time-critical but non-emergency medical situations arise.

Requesting an Angle Flight:
•    Verify that the patient's home or treating facility are located in Oklahoma or surrounding states. If you are seeking a flight outside our service region, please check our locator page to locate a Public Benefit Flying Organization in your area.
•    Review the Patient Guidelines to verify qualifications.
•    Please complete the Online Flight Request.

The Angel Flight staff will review your request and follow up with you to complete any additional requirements.

Corporate Angel Network

Corporate Angel Network helps cancer patients access treatment for their specific type of cancer by arranging free travel using empty seats on corporate jets. Eligibility to participate in our program is open to all cancer patients, bone marrow donors, and bone marrow recipients who are ambulatory and not in need of medical support while traveling. Eligibility is not based on financial need, and patients may travel as often as necessary. Patients must be ambulatory and not in need of medical support while traveling. Please fill out the Client Registration form.

Joe's House
877-563-7468 (patients only)
Joe's House helps cancer patients and their families find a place to stay when traveling away from home for medical treatment.

Healthcare Hospitality Network
Healthcare Hospitality Network is a nationwide professional association of nearly 200 unique, nonprofit organizations that provide lodging and support services to patients, families and their loved ones who are receiving medical treatment far from their home communities.

Mercy Medical
National charitable medical transportation system that includes air and ground transportation.

How to apply:
•    Air transportation visit
•    Ground transportation visit
•    Veteran air transportation visit

National Patient Travel Center
Provides information about all forms of charitable, long-distance medical air transportation and provides referrals to all appropriate sources of help available in the national charitable medical air transportation network.

Ronald McDonald House
Sioux Falls

The Ronald McDonald House program provides a "home-away-from-home" for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. This program is world-wide. The generosity of volunteers and donors make it all possible. In return, families either stay at no cost or are asked to make a donation of up to $25 per day, depending on the House. The RMHC Global Policy is that families are never turned away; it it's not possible to pay, the fee is waived.
Local chapters/houses.

Private Foundations

Avera McKennan Foundation
Sioux Falls

Families using any Avera service may apply for assistance through the statewide Avera Foundation which supports needed services, provides life-saving medications, lodging to be near loved ones, transportation and many needed educational programs and materials.

Children's Miracle Network (CMN)

Sioux Falls
Sanford Childrens Hospital

Rapid City
Rapid City Regional Hospital

Families may apply for assistance through CMN. Requests must be based on meaningful medical services or supports and meet other criteria. Consideration on a case by case basis.

First Hand Foundation

The First Hand Foundation provides funding so individual children may have access to health care that would otherwise be impossible. The mission is to directly impact the health status of a young life.

Golden Halo Foundation
      GHF is a nonprofit organization that helps children with long-term disabilities and their families by providing financial assistance for medical  
      treatment, diagnostic evaluations, durable medical equipment, expenses related to receiving medical care such as travel, and other expenses that 
      will improve a child's life.

      Who can apply?  Families of children through the age of 17 who have a long term disability and are residents of SD, MN, NE, CO or WY. 

      Application Documents
  • Completed application form
  • Letter(s) from physician and/or PT, OT or SLP that includes recommendation for request and benefits of the request for the child
  • Official receipts/invoice/estimate on procedure or equipment requested, if discount is available, and name and address of third party who will receive payment
  • Letter of denial from insurance or Medicaid, if applicable
  • Completed HIPAA Authorization form
  • Child's photo
  • Completed Photo Consent form

HealthWell Foundation Grants (English and Spanish)
- (English and Spanish)
The HealthWell Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of individuals with insurance who cannot afford their copayments, coinsurance, and premiums for important medical treatments. Their vision is to ensure that no patient goes without health care because they cannot afford it. 


888-396-EYES (3937)

American Optometric Association optometrists provide a comprehensive eye and vision assessments for infants within the first year of life regardless of a family's income or access to insurance coverage. Assessments at six to twelve months of age can determine healthy development of vision. Click on "Dr. Locator" to find local care online or call.

Make-a-Wish Foundation of South Dakota

Sioux Falls

Black Hills

Make-A-Wish grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Smile for a Lifetime
(in South Dakota)

Rapid City


Smile for a Lifetime Foundation provides orthodontic care (free braces) to individuals, ages 11-18 years of age, who may need financial assistance.  Providers located throughout United States.

Sunshyne Smiles Orthodontic Assistance Program, South Dakota Dental Foundation


The Sunshyne Smiles Program is a statewide program that helps provide orthodontic treatment to deserving South Dakota children who may not otherwise receive care. Children are accepted to the program through a referral from a general dentist.

The HIKE Fund, Inc.

The Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment (HIKE) Fund provides hearing devices for children with hearing losses between the ages of newborn and twenty years whose parents are unable to meet this special need financially.

United Healthcare Children's Foundation

United Healthcare Children's Foundation provides grants of up to $5,000 annually per child ($10,000) lifetime max per child to help pay for medical services and equipment, such as physical, occupational and speech therapies, counseling services, surgeries, prescription medications, wheelchairs, orthotics, eye glasses and hearing aids.  To be eligible for UHCCF grants, children must be 16 years of age or younger.  Families must meet economic guidelines and be covered by a commercial health insurance plan.


VISION USA provides basic eye health and vision care services free of charge to uninsured, low-income children and adults. Eyewear may be provided at no cost.

Kiwanis International
Minnesota-Dakotas District Kiwanis Office (Multilingual)
218-589-7581 (District Office)
Kiwanis is a global organization of member-volunteers who are dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. Click on Club Listing (left menu tab) to find Kiwanis Clubs in South Dakota.

Lions Club International - (Multilingual)
The Lions Club is an international service organization that focuses on programs and projects that serve the blind or visually impaired or aim to eliminate preventable and reversible blindness. They also participate in other health programs and projects such as hearing and diabetes. Click on Club Locator to find a local club.

Optimist International

Optimist Clubs are dedicated to "bringing out the best in kids" and do their part through community service programs. Optimist have the flexibility to serve the youth of their area as they determine is needed. Click on Club Locator to find a local club.

Realtors for Kids Northern Hills Area

Assists children in the Northern Hills communities that are victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment; have either a temporary or ongoing medical condition that requires money beyond what the child's primary caregivers are able to provide; wish to participate in school and community programs and do not have the funds to do so. A referral request form may be initiated by a school counselor, a counselor for the Department of Social Services, a CASA volunteer, or a member of the REALTOR® Association.

Realtors for Kids - Sioux Empire Area
Sioux Falls

RFK is committed to helping children throughout the Sioux Empire (all communities in Minnehaha, Lincoln, Lake, McCook, and Turner Counties) by providing financial support for fees associated with school and community activities, as well as other costs associated with improving their quality of life. RFK will help with travel expenses of getting a child to and from medical treatment. RFK does not accept requests directly from the parents of the child needing assistance.

Rotary International

Rotary's main objective is service: in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Click on Club Finder to find local a club.


Sertoma's primary focus is on assisting people with hearing health issues and educating the public on the issues surrounding hearing health. Sertoma also sponsors community projects to assist youth and to benefit a variety of other local community needs, as identified by the individual clubs. Click on Find a Club to find a local club.

Basic Living Needs

Child Safety Car Seat Distribution Program


Provides car seats and booster seats to income eligible families across South Dakota.  Specialized car seats for children with special health care needs provided with no family income guidelines.  Specialized seats may also be available for short-term loan at no cost.

Region 1 - West, Early Childhood Connections, Rapid City
605-342-6464 or 888-999-7759

Region 2 - Central, Early Childhood Training Network, Pierre
605-773-4755 or 866-206-8206

Region 3 - North, Sanford Children's CHILD Services, Aberdeen
605-262-8505 or 800-982-6404

Region 4 - Northeast, Family Resource Network, Brookings
605-68805730 or 800-354-8238

Region 5 - Southeast, Sanford Children's CHILD Services, Sioux Falls
605-333-0698 or 800-235-5923, Ext. 4

Community Action Agencies help low-income people. CAAs help with Head Start programs, home weatherization, job training, housing, housing repair/rehab, food bank, energy assistance, senior services, some transportation and many other programs.

Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership (ICAP)

Serving Minnehaha, Grant, Deuel, Codington, Hamlin, Clark, Kingsbury, Brookings, Miner, Lake, Moody, McCook Counties

Northeast SD Community Action Program

Serving Beadle, Brown, Day, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, Marshall, McPherson, Spink, Roberts, Campbell, Walworth, Potter, Hyde, Sully, Hughes, Stanley Counties

Rural Office of Community Services, Inc. 
Lake Andes
Serving Aurora, Bon Homme, Brule, Charles Mix, Clay, Davison, Douglas, Gregory, Hanson, Hutchinson, Jerauld, Lincoln, Sanborn, Turner, Union, Yankton Counties

Western SD Community Action, Inc.
Rapid City

Serving Bennett, Butte, Custer, Fall River, Jackson, Harding, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Dewey, Haakon, Ziebach, Corson, Stanley Counties

Economic Assistance Programs, SD Department of Social Services

Economic Assistance programs help low income individuals, families, children, pregnant women, people with disabilities and the elderly by providing medical, nutritional, financial, and case management services. Apply at your local office of Department of Social Services, Division of Economic Assistance.

Governors House Program

The Governors House Program was created to provide reasonably sized, affordable homes to income qualified individuals and families which include elderly and persons with disabilities.

Heating Assistance, SD Department of Social Services
800-233-8503 800-325-0778 (TTY)

LIEAP provides assistance to low-income South Dakota households to help them pay for their home heating bills. Priority is given to persons who are elderly or disabled and funds are distributed on a first-come basis. Weatherization Assistance Program helps low-income people pay for home insulation and other energy-saving improvements to help lower their heating bills.

Helpline Basic Needs Resource Directories
The Helpline Basic Needs Resource Directory lists agencies/programs that provide direct basic need services such as food, shelter, clothing, medical care, financial assistance and employment services.
Guides for Sioux Falls and Black Hills Areas

Guide for Huron Areas

Lifeline and Link-Up Telephone Assistance, Public Utilities Commission

Lifeline helps consumers who already have telephone service save on their monthly phone bill. The discount applies to basic local telephone service on one line per household. Residents of tribal lands may apply for Enhanced Lifeline and Link-Up that offer a different discount structure. All programs have eligibility requirements. Lifeline and Link-Up are ongoing programs and applications are accepted year-round.

Repair Affair, Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire
Sioux Falls

Annual program with volunteers doing repairs one day per year. Free home improvements are done to meet accessibility needs (wheelchair ramps, hand rails for steps, grab bars in bathrooms, replace turn knobs of doors/faucets with push/pull levers) for people 65+ or people permanently disabled living in their own/family home. Must meet income guidelines and live in Minnehaha, McCook, Turner or Lincoln counties.

Spare Key
Provides housing grants during the crisis period of a child's illness or injury helping parents to remain part of the child's care team in the hospital by making house payment on family's behalf.  Families who reside in South Dakota, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin eligible.  Financial guidelines apply.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Administration (multiple languages)

SSI is a Federal income supplement program designed to help meet basic needs of low income individuals who are aged, blind or disabled.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC), SD Dept of Health
WIC is a nutrition program for eligible women, infants and children. 

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The contents of this website were developed under grants from the U.S. Department of Education Project Grant H328M140021; Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Grant H84MC07994, Family to Family Health Information Center, $90,030 and approximately 5% financed with non-governmental resources. The contents should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by US Department of Education, HRSA, HHS or the Federal Government.