South Dakota Department of Social Services

News: May 9 - 15

May 15, 2020

This week we bring you a news podcast packed with some of the voices you've asked to hear from: Governor Noem, Secretary Flute, Congressman Johnson, and Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Social Services, Laurie Gill.

Secretary Laurie Gill

Aug 14, 2019

In The Moment ... August 14, 2019 Show 637 Hour 2

Child care, economic assistance programs, and medicaid are just a few examples of what the South Dakota Department of Social Services focuses on. But what programs consume the most dollars? What are the main reasons people find themselves in need of assistance? And what programs could use more help?


Laurie Gill is the Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Social Services and joined us today to answer these questions are more. 

Those with careers in law enforcement, or who serve as probation officers or first responders, are trained early in their careers to be ready for anything.  In cases that involve dealing with someone with behavioral health difficulties, it can be difficult to figure out what to be ready for.  The South Dakota Department of Social Services offers a manual that serves as a road map for dealing with those sorts of crises.  

SD Department of Education

The South Dakota Departments of Education and Social Services are partnering under a federal grant to improve mental health services in schools. Selected school districts will begin receiving support services as soon as next month. 

The $8.7 million Project AWARE grant comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The grant funds awareness efforts related to behavioral and mental health issues, as well as increased supports for schools and surrounding communities over a period of five years.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... June 27, 2018 Show 367 Hour 1

We talk this hour about addressing opioid overuse and abuse in South Dakota and the statewide efforts and policies to save lives.

We're joined by:
Tom Martinec, Deputy Secretary, South Dakota Department of Health

Tiffany Wolfgang, Director, Division of Behavioral Health Services, SD DSS

Tim Rave, VP of Public Policy, Sanford Health

In The Moment ... April 25, 2018 Show 323 Hour 2

Since 2004, more than 1,700 lives have been lost to suicide in South Dakota. Those numbers have increased each year, with nearly one in six high school students in South Dakota having suicidal thoughts or tendencies. (That's according to the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.)

South Dakotans take those numbers personally.

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing the South Dakota Department of Social Services for discriminatory hiring practices. The complaint was filed Tuesday, Nov. 3, in federal court in Rapid City. The Justice Department claims that DSS passes over qualified Native applicants for higher-paying jobs and hires less-qualified non-Indians.