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long term services and supports

Legal Services for Older Individuals

 

Since 1975, the Older Americans Act has authorized funding for legal assistance.  As the state agency responsible for the administration of the Older Americans Act in South Dakota, the Department of Human Services Division of Long Term Services and Supports recognizes the need to provide legal assistance specifically to individuals age 60 and older, with the greatest economic and social need.

A Long Term Services and Supports staff member provides referrals, education, and awareness regarding abuse, neglect, and exploitation in addition to information about federal, state and local laws.


Types of Legal Assistance

Long Term Services and Supports contracts with two legal service programs, East River Legal Services and Dakota Plains Legal Services, to provide legal assistance to eligible individuals.  Each legal service program has its own policy regarding the types of cases accepted. 

Legal service programs cannot accept fee generating cases and usually do not handle criminal cases.

The legal skills furnished by the programs include counseling and advice, negotiations, advocacy at administrative hearings, litigation and appeals.  The types of assistance available include the following:

Advance Directive

Age Discrimination

Consumer Issues

Guardianship

Housing

Insurance

Public Benefits

Wills

Legal Service Programs

Contact Information

The Division of Long Term Services and Supports does not directly provide legal assistance services. The Older Americans Act legal assistance in South Dakota is provided by the following contractors:

 

East River Legal Services
335 N. Main Avenue #200
Sioux Falls, SD  57104
(605) 336-9230
1-800-952-3015

Dakota Plains Legal Services
PO Box 727
Mission, SD  57555
(605) 856-4444
1-800-658-2297

 
   
  Dakota Plains Legal Services also has branch offices in Pine Ridge, Eagle Butte, Fort Thompson, Rapid City, Sisseton and Fort Yates, N.D.