The mission of the Division of Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) is "To provide opportunities to enable older South Dakotans and adults who are disabled to live independent, meaningful, and dignified lives while maintaining close family and community ties by promoting long term services and supports to prevent or delay premature or inappropriate institutionalization."
LTSS provides home and community-based service options to individuals 60 years of age and older and 18 years of age and older with disabilities. In accordance with the Older Americans Act and other applicable state and federal laws, LTSS provides or purchases services for South Dakotans who meet program eligibility.
Located in each Long Term Services and Supports Field Offices are Long Term Services and Supports Specialists who provide information and referral services, assistance to access in-home and community-based services, needs assessments, ongoing case management, care plan development and adult protective services to individuals living in South Dakota communities.
Use the online Dakota at Home Resource Directory to find information, resources, and locate in-home and community-based agencies, organizations, and providers.
Dakota at home
Dakota at Home is a free information and referral service. We provide objective information and options planning to help individuals, regardless of age, disability, or income, identify and access public and private services and supports in their local communities.
Dakota at Home is South Dakota's Aging and Disability Resource Center
Dakota at Home provides free objective information, referral, and assistance to individuals regardless of age, disability, income, or resources. Our trained staff will help identify the public and private long-term services and supports you need to continue living at home in your South Dakota community.
Dakota at Home is:
A free phone and online referral service
An easy way to locate resources to help people remain in their home
Designed to assist individuals with disabilities, aging individuals and caregivers
Helpful and knowledgeable
Dakota at Home Options Planning
Options Planning is a free service. Information and decision-making support is provided to individuals, caregivers, and family members to help identify available long-term services and supports. Options Planning will educate and prepare you on how to meet future long-term care needs at home and in the community.
electronic visit verification (EVV)
Section 12006(a) of the 21st Century Cures Act requires states to implement electronic visit verification (EVV) for all Medicaid personal care services that require an in-home visit by a provider beginning January 1, 2020. This applies to personal care provided within the HOPE waiver program and other Medicaid personal care services authorized by the Division of Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS). Additionally, LTSS will require EVV for all in-home services authorized by LTSS. LTSS is working with the case management system vendor, Therap, to develop EVV capabilities and procedures.
What is Electronic Visit Verification (EVV)?
Electronic visit verification is a process that requires providers to verify that scheduled visits for in home services occurred. Data is collected electronically during visits including:
- the type of service provided
- the name of the individual receiving the service(s)
- the date of service
- the location of the service provided and information about the individual providing the service
- the time the service begins and ends
Who will be affected by EVV?
- Participants receiving in home services authorized by the Division of Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS)
- Agencies that provide in home services
What will be different?
- The type of care and services received will NOT change
- The caregivers providing services will be on the phone or other mobile device at the beginning and end of each visit to document the EVV requirements
- Participants are NOT required to have a phone or internet to receive services
- Participants receiving services may be asked to sign on a mobile device to verify the services were received
- Caregivers providing care may ask participants to use their home phone to document the visit
- There will be no long-distance calls made or long-distance charges incurred by participants
What if have questions regarding EVV?
- Contact the Division of Long Terms Services and Supports
- Phone: 605-773-3656
- E-mail: HCBS@state.sd.us
Other EVV resources
- Please see below for a list of EVV resources to assist states in complying with CURES Act requirements:
State Plan on Aging
The South Dakota State Plan on Aging Survey was developed to better understand older individuals and their future needs as they age in South Dakota. Your answers to this survey will help guide the development of the 2021 - 2025 SD State Plan on Aging, and increase the understanding of how best to serve, support, and celebrate older adults across our great state.
We invite you to complete the South Dakota State Plan on Aging Survey by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sdstateplanonaging2020. We also invite you to encourage your friends and neighbors to complete the survey for themselves. Survey responses will be collected from participants across the state until December 31, 2020.
Thank you for your time and contribution. We value your opinion and greatly appreciate your participation in the South Dakota State Plan on Aging Survey!
The SD Division of Long Term Services and Supports
You can view the 2017-2021 State Plan on Aging by clicking on the following links: