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.


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

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