Direct Support Professional Recognition Week


South Dakota DSPs!

Celebrate our DSPs!

September 9-15, 2018 is the National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week across the United States. This workforce is critical to the people receiving services at Community Support Providers across the state. Their job descriptions are vast and essentially consist of supporting a person's entire life. They support people with medications and other medical/health needs, activities of daily living, finding and maintaining employment, accessing community resources, supporting relationships with family and friends, specialized behavioral support, cooking, cleaning, and virtually every aspect of a person's life. 

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has made an official proclamation for this important week. CSP of SD members across the state will be celebrating their Direct Support Professional workforce with various activities and celebrations daily.  Find out more here

CSP of SD Association Members Meet with Sioux Falls Area Legislators

 Pictured above is District 9 Senator, Deb Peters and Dakotabilities Executive Director Bob Bohm. 

Pictured above is District 9 Senator, Deb Peters and Dakotabilities Executive Director Bob Bohm. 

On August 29, 2018, CSP of SD association members met with Sioux Falls area legislators to discuss the upcoming fiscal year budget, services provided by members, and the challenges our members are experiencing with the workforce crisis. Lawmakers participating included Representatives: David Anderson, Doug Barthel, Isaac Latterell, Sue Lucas-Peterson, Kent Peterson, Tom Pischke, and Mark Willadsen and Senators: Deb Peters, Reynold Nesiba, and Jack Kolbeck. Predicting the revenue for the upcoming fiscal year is always a challenge and requires a lengthy process within the SD Legislature. Despite this, the meeting was productive and association members provided education on our services, history, and budgetary needs for the upcoming fiscal year that will help quell the Direct Support Professional workforce crisis. CSP of SD's next summer/fall legislative event will be held in October in Rapid City, SD. 

Black Hills Works Earns "Moving Mountains Award"

It was announced June 5, 2018 that Black Hills Works in Rapid City, SD was awarded the prestigious "Moving Mountains Award" by the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) and the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota (ICI). The award is a partnership between these two organizations and the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP). The award is based on organizations taking a leading role in workforce development that improves the lives of people they support. Developmental disability providers across the nation are experiencing drastic workforce challenges and one of our own is leading the way in addressing our most important resource - the Direct Support Professional. Congratulations Black Hills Works! more information about the award can be found on the following link.

Anne Rieck-McFarland to be inducted in SD Hall of Fame

Anne Rieck-McFarland will be inducted into the SD Hall of Fame for 2018. Anne has been a committed supporter, advocate, and leader in the developmental disability field for decades. Earlier this year she announced her retirement at Lifescape in Sioux Falls and with this latest news, she will add one more accomplishment to her outstanding career. on behalf of all our association members, we wish her the best! Click on the link to learn more. 

CMS Issues Guidance on Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) Regulations

This has been long awaited news regarding Electronic Visit Verification (EVV). EVV is a regulatory requirement under section 12006(a) of the 21st Century Cures Act that's designed to reduce fraud. Certainly, Community Support Providers of South Dakota applauds efforts to reduce and eliminate fraud in Medicaid systems. However, this requirement is being broadly interpreted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and would be overly burdensome for South Dakota providers, especially people receiving services in 24/7 group home settings. We are happy to announce that it appears that CMS will be addressing this concern, but the regulation will still require a watchful eye in the future. CMS has released two documents pertaining to guidance on EVV and more information from ANCOR can be found on this link

2018 Legislative Wrap up

The 2018 legislative session wrapped up at the end of March. The biggest news for this legislative session was the state's budget (HB 1320). Initially, Community Support Providers were slated for a 0% increase in funding in Governor Daugaard's budget address. However, as session proceeded, legislators were able to identify 16-18 million in unappropriated funds. These remaining funds were then designated toward education, state employees, and Medicaid providers. The final appropriations bill gave Community Support Providers in South Dakota a 2% inflationary increase and 1.4 million in one-time dollars designated explicitly for direct care employees.

CSP of SD thanks all SD legislators for their hard work and support of our critical and much needed services. Often times legislators have a thankless job and we want to recognize their dedicated public service. At the same time, it's also important to note that while the appropriations received for FY 2019 help, they do not represent a long term solution to our funding needs or the workforce crisis we are experiencing. 

South Dakota Legislature Rules Review Committee to Consider Rules Update

On November 14, 2017, the South Dakota Legislature Rules Review Committee chaired by Rep. Jean Hunhoff and Sen. Alan Solano will consider proposed rule changes by the Division of Developmental Disabilities to Amend rules to define and to create standards for a shared living home service; and allow the delivery of statewide family support services to adults who meet certain criteria.

The public is invited to attend.