South Dakota Resources

Here are resources specific to the state of South Dakota. If you live in a different state, you might have similar programs, but I do not guarantee you have the same ones.

Ups of Downs Family Support Group was formed in 2003 as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Our purpose is to promote the awareness, acceptance, and inclusion of children and adults with Down Syndrome in South Dakota.

Our mission is to provide educational, charitable, recreational, and social events for individuals with Down Syndrome and their family and friends.

To go to the page click HERE

New Directions strives to enhance the lives of individuals with Down syndrome throughout their lifespan by providing support, information and education to those individuals, their families, and professionals.

To go to their page click HERE

To connect families caring for children/youth (ages birth to 26) with the full range of disabilities or special health care needs to information, training and resources in an environment of support, hope and respect.

South Dakota Parent Connection, Inc. (SDPC) was founded in 1985 by a group of dedicated parents and professionals to provide training and information statewide to meet the needs of parents and families caring for individuals with disabilities. SDPC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

To go to their page click HERE

South Dakota Medicaid is a federal and state-funded program providing health coverage for people who meet certain eligibility standards. Medicaid acts as an insurance company in individuals and pays for medically necessary services

To go to their page click HERE


Formerly Statewide Family Support 

The Strengthening Families Program is designed to assist families who have a child or adult with a developmental disability. A flexible pool of limited funds is available for eligible families, regardless of income, to use to purchase services or supports that otherwise are not available.

The Strengthening Families Coordinator establishes eligibility for the program from a simple application form that includes documentation of the individual’s disability. Once eligibility has been established, the Strengthening Coordinator will then work with the family over the phone to coordinate the purchase of services or supports that the family needs. The services and supports may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Incontinence supplies
  • Medications
  • Nutritional Supplements
  • Recreational Opportunities
  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Housing Modifications
  • Travel Expenses for Medical Care
  • Vehicle Modifications

To go to their page click HERE


Family Support 360 serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This program assists participants and their families in self-directing the services they need to live as independently as possible in the community.


Broadening opportunities for people with developmental disabilities across the lifespan.

To go to their page click HERE