SD Department of Social Services

State Offering Heating Help

Jan 6, 2017
US Department of Health and Human Services

Winter is blasting South Dakota were freezing low temperatures and below zero wind chills. The state offering programs to help heat low income homes throughout the cold season.

The heating program is run by the Department of Social Services Division of Economic Assistance. The program is funded federally by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

People struggling to pay for heating can apply if their income is no higher than $42,500 a year for a family of four. There are also options for households as large as ten.

South Dakota Department of Corrections

Meth is continuing to be present in South Dakota. State officials are tasked with taking on the problem on a number of levels.

Denny Kaemingk is the Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Corrections and Amy Iverson-Pollreiz is the Deputy Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Social Services. They join Dakota Midday to talk about the state's drug policy and the people effected.

Victoria Wicks

Indian tribes say the state of South Dakota takes more than 700 tribal children out of their homes every year, and the majority of them are placed with white foster families or institutions. Now tribes want the federal government to take money from the state Department of Social Services and give it to the tribes so they can run their own child protection programs. For today’s Dakota Digest, SDPB’s Victoria Wicks attended the Great Plains ICWA Summit, called by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, that is taking place this week in Rapid City.

Part of the proposed South Dakota Public Safety Improvement Act is providing more treatment options for drug and alcohol abuse offenders. Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon with the Department of Social Services spoke to members of the Senate Health and Human Services committee Wednesday morning about expanding the state’s behavioral health services. Malsam-Rysdon says the department will play a big role if the proposed initiative is passed, as it will mean more funding for substance abuse treatment. She says providing mental health care to those in need can help keep citizens healthy.