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When choosing assisted living care, consumers are reliant on their state’s regulatory agencies to provide information about communities and their backgrounds. But public access to assisted living records varies greatly state by state. Here is a snapshot of the level of transparency in the state of South Dakota:

Key Findings

  • South Dakota provides an online PDF that lists licensed assisted living communities.
  • Information about inspections, violations or complaints may be obtained by filling out an FOIA and mailing your request to the state. Survey reports for nursing homes are available online in South Dakota.

How to Access Records

  • South Dakotans should contact the Department of Health for basic information
  • Contact the office of your local long-term care ombudsman to see if he or she can provide information about a community you are exploring.
  • Visit to locate the appropriate long-term-care ombudsman.
  • If you need to make a Freedom of Information Act request to get records, consider browsing these state by state resources from the National Freedom of Information Coalition.

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South Dakota Accessibility Criteria

Our ratings are based on the objective criteria outlined in the table below.
1Are licensed assisted living communities listed online in any form?Yes
2If Yes to #1, is the information updated frequently?Yes
3If Yes to #1, is the list of licensed communities searchable? No
4Does the state post inspections, complaints, survey results, or violations online?Yes
5If Yes to #4, is the information updated frequently? [within 90 days]Yes
6If Yes to #2 and #4, is the enforcement information included in the same place as licensed communities?No or N/A
7If Yes to #4 and No to #6, are violations / inspections searchable at all?Yes
8Is information about special licensing for care shown?Yes
9Capacity shown?Yes
10Payment types shown? [e.g. Medicaid, private pay]No
11Administrator / Contact name shown?Yes
12State may fine facility?No
13Frequency of inspections?Every 12 months
14Website includes pricing of facility?No
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