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.



FY2020-2021 Renewal Period is Delayed

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual South Dakota medical facility licensing for the FY2020-2021 renewal period is being delayed. We acknowledge current licenses expire on 6/30/2020, however, the priority of our providers must continue to focus on the safety and care of the residents and patients.

Please refer any questions to Julie Jenssen at phone (605) 773-3901 or email  

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.


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