If you are a resident of South Dakota and you can no longer work due to a physical or mental condition, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). To apply for SSI or SSDI, you can contact the Social Security field office nearest you, or you can call Social Security at 800-772-1213. If you are applying for SSDI only (because you know your income or assets are too high to qualify for SSI), you can start your application online.
Disability Evaluation in South Dakota
After you apply for SSDI or SSI, Social Security will check to see if you meet the basic eligibility requirements for SSDI or SSI. Then the agency sends agency sends your file to South Dakota’s Disability Determination Services (DDS). South Dakota’s DDS is a state agency that is part of the state's Department of Human Services. Claims examiners who work at DDS will request your medical records from your doctors and then decide whether you have a condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability.
DDS has one office in South Dakota, located at:
811 E. 10th St. Dept 24
Sioux Falls, SD 57103-1650
If your initial claim is denied, the next step in South Dakota is to seek a reconsideration from the DDS. If your claim is denied again, you have 60 days to ask for a hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ). ALJ hearings are administered through Social Security’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). South Dakota has two ODAR offices, in Fargo and Sioux Falls.
Individuals living near Aberdeen, Huron, and Sisseton use the ODAR office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Its address is 1720 South Southeastern Avenue, Suite 200, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57103. Its telephone number is (877) 378-9080.
Individuals living near Eagle Butte and Martin use the Rapid City ODAR office at 4020 Jackson Boulevard, Suite 2, Rapid City, South Dakota 57702. Its telephone number is (877) 813-9124.
To learn more about the appeal process, read our article on disability appeals. You can also locate an attorney to handle your disability case in South Dakota by using our disability attorney directory for South Dakota.
Additional Assistance for SSI Recipients in South Dakota
All adults receiving SSI in South Dakota are eligible for a supplemental payment from the State of South Dakota. The amount of the payment depends on your living circumstances. The state supplement is $15 per month for adults living independently who receive the full federal benefit rate in SSI ($710 in 2013). This benefit program is run by the Social Security Administration.
In addition, South Dakota administers its own supplement for SSI recipients who live in assisted living facilities (eligible for a supplement of $765 per month) or in adult foster homes (eligible for a supplement of $388 per month). These amounts are in additional to the federal payment of $710.
Medicaid for SSI Recipients
SSI recipients in South Dakota are automatically eligible for Medicaid, called “Medical Assistance." The Social Security Administration makes Medicaid eligibility determinations when it issues SSI disability award letters, and the State of South Dakota will contact the newly approved recipients directly about Medical Assistance benefits.