Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

Office of Health Facilities Licensure & Certification

This office surveys, licenses and recommends federal certification for health care facilities. Its goal is to ensure state health and safety standards are met and also federal standards if the facility is a Medicaid or Medicare provider.


RFP to Provide Additional Long-Term Care Nursing Facility Capacity in South Dakota
South Dakota is committed to fostering a system of long-term care services and supports by administering programs, services and activities in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of its older citizens and persons with disabilities. Pursuant to SDCL §§ 34-12-35.6 & 35.7, the Department of Health (DOH) may annually consider the need for additional nursing facility beds in defined areas of the State and may increase the number of nursing home beds in order to meet an identified need in the State. DOH has identified a need for additional long-term care nursing facility capacity within South Dakota. Pursuant to SDCL § 34-12-35.8, DOH shall solicit proposals through the statutorily established request for proposals process. The specific purpose of this RFP is to solicit proposals from long-term care providers who are interested in obtaining additional long term care nursing facility beds. Proposals will be accepted on an on-going basis until June 30, 2020, or until all available beds have been reallocated. Proposals will be evaluated upon submission and in the order in which they are received. A written Letter of Intent should be addressed to:

RFP # 20-0903001-003
PIERRE, SD 57501 

The Letter of Intent may also be submitted to Lynne Valenti via email at You may also fax your letter of intent to the attention of Lynne Valenti at 605-773-5683.

Availability of Nursing Facility Beds

This post is intended to provide notice of the availability of the nursing facility beds due to the closure of the Hudson Care and Rehab Center nursing facility in Hudson. Pursuant to SDCL 34-12-39.6, a new law passed during the 2019 Legislative Session via SB 61, all 42 moratorium beds from the Hudson Care and Rehab shall be held by the Department of Health for up to 18 months from the date of closure and shall be available for use by licensed nursing facility providers. These available beds can be located within 60 miles from the current facility.

Proposals shall be reviewed in the order in which they are received. Proposals should be submitted to Lynne Valenti, Deputy Secretary, SD Department of Health, 600 E. Capitol Ave, Pierre, SD 57501.

Note to providers:

Pursuant to the March 22, 2013 CMS Survey & Certification Memo, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) may impose civil money penalties (CMPs) on nursing homes in South Dakota when serious deficiencies are identified.  At this time, the Department of Health does not intend to begin recommending CMPs to the CMS Region VIII Office.  However, this will not preclude CMS from imposing CMPs directly on South Dakota nursing facilities. DOH will closely monitor the situation and will continue to provide further information to providers regarding CMPs as it becomes available.


Controlled Substance Online Registration Starting July 1, 2019

The South Dakota Department of Health is pleased to announce beginning on July 1, 2019, all new applications and renewal registrations, verifications, and changes to an existing registration, will be completed online with the South Dakota Department of Health’s new registration system at Paper applications and checks will no longer be accepted. Payment must be made using Mastercard or Visa credit and debit cards or a State Non-cash Voucher.

Information will be provided on the South Dakota Department of Health’s controlled substance website at and will outline all the information needed for the online process. When submitting an application, please be sure to have all of your information is ready, including any supporting documents needing to be uploaded, such as a copy of the updated federal DEA certificate. After the application has been submitted and the payment has been made, the Department will review the ap­plication, email the registrant if additional information is needed, approve or deny the application, or pend the application until we receive the new DEA number.

After July 1st, you can log in at any time to view the application status or print registration. Controlled substance registration certificates or letters will no longer be mailed. Any controlled substance registration can also now be a primary source verified on the website at

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Online Initial Application

The South Dakota Department of Health is pleased to announce, beginning March 2, 2020, initial application will be available online at All individuals who are being hired or are independently enrolling in a CNA training and testing program must complete the initial application process prior to the start of the training program. The nurse aide must print and have the CNA Training Enrollment Verification form completed by his/her employer, organization or school prior to submitting the online Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Initial Application.

You will receive confirmation following successful completion of a training program and the Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation that you are eligible for active registry status. For those individuals who have already enrolled and started in a training program, please complete the initial application process as soon as possible prior to completion of testing.

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Initial Application Process Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact Diana Weiland, RN Public Health Advisor if you have any questions or concerns at 605-995-8057.

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