Department of Social Services

Behavioral Health

The primary effect of the rule changes is to replace the term division with department throughout most of the articles 67:61 (Substances Use Disorder) and 67:62 (Mental Health). The accreditation and licensing of providers or agencies recently transitioned to the newly formed Office of Licensing and Accreditation within the Department of Social Services.  The proposed change of “division” to “department” within articles 67:61 and 67:62 will reflect this organizational change and allow the Office of Licensing and Accreditation to sign the accreditation certificates issued to agencies by the office that completes the work.  Additional effects of the rule changes will be to update form and style to current guidance throughout the rules including the removal of acronym’s and to correctly locate SDCL subsection from law implemented to general authority sections. This will be consistent with other rules recently amended.

New content is added below as the draft rules move through the rule-making process.

Interim Rules Hearing
Important Dates
Public Hearing:
Comment Deadline:
Interim Rules Committee Hearing:
Filed-Secretary of State:
Rule Effective:

Agency Contact: Teresa Schulte mail to: DSSAdminRules@STATE.SD.US