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South Dakota receives initial approval for its HCBS state transition plan

On June 2, 2017, CMS granted South Dakota initial approval of its Statewide Transition Plan (STP) to bring settings into compliance with the federal...
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Officials concerned about dangers of fentanyl-laced heroin

South Dakota drug enforcement officials are concerned about the influx of a dangerous painkiller that is now being cut into heroin. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but 50 to 100 times more potent, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
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South Dakota’s first West Nile case of 2017 reported

South Dakota's first human West Nile virus (WNV) case of the year has been detected in Davison County in a person between the ages...
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SD continuing to process revalidation submissions requested of all Medicaid providers

South Dakota is continuing to process the revalidation submissions requested of all Medicaid providers in the summer of 2016 in order to meet federal requirements. Given the large volume of applications to review and process, the revalidation process can take months to complete and approve.
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Workforce housing shortage legislative interim summer study meets

The workforce housing shortage legislative interim summer committee met in Pierre Tuesday to hear from community leaders across the state to discuss workforce housing issues confronting South Dakota communities.
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Governor proclaims Thursday as Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June 15 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day in South Dakota. Daugaard says the observance provides an opportunity for communities to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of the older population throughout the state.

SD HealthLink hosting June roadshows

South Dakota HealthLink is hosting a series of roadshows during the month of June. The roadshows will provide non-members with an overview of South Dakota Health Link including its current members and services offered.

DOH launches site with community living home draft rules

The South Dakota Department of Health has developed a website to allow access to the draft administrative rules regulating community living homes prior to the initiation of the formal rules promulgation process, which is planned for the summer of 2017.

DOH licensing season in progress

The South Dakota Department of Health says the 2017-2018 licensing season is in progress. The department sent emails to all licensed providers during the first week of May.
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Ballot measures mounting for 2018

The November 2018 general election is more than a year away, but a number of petitions are already being circulated in South Dakota. One...