Filing for Disability in South Dakota

South Dakotans have a better chance of getting approved for disability benefits after the initial Social Security application than elsewhere in the country.

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.

Who Decides Whether I Get Disability Benefits 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.

Disability Approval Rates and Wait Times in South Dakota

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.

Stage of Application

South Dakota


Initial Application



Reconsideration Review



Appeal Hearing



Hearing Wait Time

339 days

349 days

How Much SSI Will I Receive in South Dakota?

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:

  • An individual adult or adult couple living independently will receive a $15 supplement each. To be eligible the recipient must have no other sources of income other than SSI.
  • An individual adult living in an assisted living facility will receive an additional payment of $765 per month. (The first month after leaving an independent living situation, a couple residing in a facility are treated as two individuals.)
  • An individual adult living in an adult foster home will receive an additional $388 a month. (The first month after leaving an independent living situation, a couple residing in a facility are treated as two individuals.)

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.

How Much Will It Cost to Get My Medical Records?

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 Disability Offices in South Dakota

Contact information for DDS, SSA field offices, and Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) locations is listed below.

South Dakota DDS

South Dakota’s Department of Human Services (DHS) administers its DDS program. The contact information for DDS is:

South Dakota Disability Determination Services

811 E. 10th St. Dept 24
Sioux Falls, SD 57103-1650
Phone: 605-367-5499
Fax: 605-367-5485

For more information, visit the DDS website.

ODAR Locations

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 City
4020 Jackson Boulevard, Suite 2
Rapid City, South Dakota 57702
Phone: 605-355-9859
Fax: 605-355-0258
Sioux Falls
1720 South Southeastern Avenue, Suite 200
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57103
Phone: 877-378-9080
Fax: 605-330-4496

Social Security Field Offices

There are six field offices in South Dakota. Each field office is served by one of the two ODAR locations.

Aberdeen Office
115 4th Ave SE
Room 111 Federal Building
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Local Phone: 605-226-7231
Hearing Office: Sioux Falls
Huron Office
200 4th Street SW
Room 105 Federal Building
Huron, SD 57350
Local Phone: 866-563-4604
Hearing Office: Sioux Falls
Rapid City Office
605 Main Street
Suite 201
Rapid City, SD 57701
Local Phone: 866-964-7416
Hearing Office: Rapid City
Sioux Falls Office
5021 S Nevada Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Local Phone: 877-274-5421
Hearing Office: Sioux Falls
Watertown Office
514 10th Ave SE
Watertown, SD 57201
Local Phone: 605-665-6801
Hearing Office: Sioux Falls
Yankton Office
121 W 3rd St
Suite 101
Yankton, SD 57078
Local Phone: 605-886-8284
Hearing Office: Sioux Falls

South Dakota Rehabilitation Services

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.

Contact a South Dakota Lawyer

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.

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