We are committed to providing accurate, impartial and timely disability decisions for South Dakota citizens.
Disability Determination Services (DDS) is the State Agency that makes the disability decisions for Social Security, according to federal guidelines. When Social Security added protection for individuals with disabilities in 1954, the Congress wrote into the law that the disability decision had to be made by a State Agency and not by a federal office. Social Security pays the State to run the office and make the decision. The DDS is responsible only for the medical eligibility portion of the disability claim. Social Security is responsible for the application process, any other eligibility criteria, and the calculation of benefits if awarded.