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Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are federal programs; however, South Dakota differs in how long a claim takes to be decided and in the amount of SSI a person can receive. We discuss these differences below and include contact information for disability-related offices in South Dakota.
You can apply for disability benefits online or through a local Social Security field office (there are six in South Dakota, see below). The field office reviews you application to make sure that you have meet the work history or financial requirements for benefits (for SSDI or SSI). Social Security then sends your application to South Dakota Disability Determination Services (DDS), a state agency in Sioux Falls. A claims examiner at DDS will decide whether you are medically eligible for disability.
If DDS denies your claim, you can request a reconsideration. If the agency denies the reconsideration, you can request an appeal hearing, and your claim will be sent to Social Security's Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), where an administrative law judge (ALJ) will decide your case at a disability hearing. There are two ODAR branches that serve South Dakota, in Sioux Falls and Rapid City.
South Dakota DDS approved 40% of disability claims at the initial application level and a further 14% of the denied claims at the reconsideration level. These numbers are higher than the national approval rate.
As far as the approval rate for ALJ hearings, because, as you'll see below, disability claims are heard by ALJs from ODAR offices headquartered in both Denver, Colorado and Fargo, North Dakota, Social Security doesn't release the approval rate for South Dakota claimants.
In the Sioux Falls and Fargo ODAR offices, it took an average of 339 days for a decision to be entered on a case (from the date the hearing was first requested). In the Rapid City and Denver ODAR offices, it took 356 days.
South Dakota provides a small supplementary payment to the federal SSI amount for almost all SSI recipients. The amount of optional supplement depends on the living situation of the recipient:
The supplemental payment is administered by
South Dakota’s Department of Social Services (DSS). South Dakota uses
the SSA’s roster to determine eligible recipients who are still living
independently. For more information, visit South Dakota's DSS website.
In South Dakota, a doctor or hospital can charge no more than $10.00 for the first ten pages of your records, and $0.33 for each additional page.
Contact information for DDS, SSA field offices, and Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) locations is listed below.
South Dakota’s Department of Human Services (DHS) administers its DDS program. The contact information for DDS is:
South Dakota Disability Determination Services811 E. 10th St. Dept 24Sioux Falls, SD 57103-1650Phone: 605-367-5499Fax: 605-367-5485
For more information, visit the DDS website.
South Dakota has ODAR locations in Sioux Falls and Rapid City. The Sioux Falls location is a satellite office of the Fargo, North Dakota ODAR. The Rapid City location is a satellite of the Denver, Colorado ODAR.Rapid City4020 Jackson Boulevard, Suite 2Rapid City, South Dakota 57702Phone: 605-355-9859Fax: 605-355-0258
There are six field offices in South Dakota. Each field office is served by one of the two ODAR locations.Aberdeen Office115 4th Ave SERoom 111 Federal BuildingAberdeen, SD 57401Local Phone: 605-226-7231Hearing Office: Sioux Falls Huron Office200 4th Street SWRoom 105 Federal BuildingHuron, SD 57350Local Phone: 866-563-4604Hearing Office: Sioux Falls Rapid City Office605 Main StreetSuite 201Rapid City, SD 57701Local Phone: 866-964-7416Hearing Office: Rapid City Sioux Falls Office5021 S Nevada AveSioux Falls, SD 57105Local Phone: 877-274-5421Hearing Office: Sioux Falls Watertown Office514 10th Ave SEWatertown, SD 57201Local Phone: 605-665-6801
South Dakota offers rehabilitative services through its Department of Human Services. The services include job training, respite services, and assistance with daily living. For more information, visit the DHS website.
If you want a lawyer to represent you at your appeal hearing or you need other assistance with your disability claim, visit our South Dakota disability lawyers page to find a local attorney who can help you.
by: Melissa Linebaugh, Contributing Author