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Innovation Grant Funding Recipients Announced





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 24, 2019

Contact: Dan Hoblick, Department of Human Services, 605-773-6463

 

Innovation Grant Funding Recipients Announced

 

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced their selection of 25 nursing facilities that will receive innovation grant funding.

 

“From day one, my administration has been dedicated to shifting the face of long-term care in South Dakota, creating more opportunities for community style living, and reducing the reliance on nursing facilities as the primary residence,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “I’m thrilled to partner with these 25 facilities as we continue reimagining the ways we approach long term care services in South Dakota. Our parents and grandparents are the backbone of our state, and we will continue working to provide more effective, modernized systems of care.”

 

The innovation grants were designed to fund projects in areas crucial to the needs of South Dakota’s long-term care participants.

 

“Expectations are changing, and the long-term services arena needs to change in order to keep pace, with a focus on excellent quality care, service, and most importantly, individual choice,” said DHS Secretary Shawnie Rechtenbaugh. “These grants will help us kickstart a new strategy on the ways we approach senior care.”

 

A total of 56 grant proposals were submitted. Providers were asked to submit ideas that would address needs in one or more areas, including expanding the menu of service settings, improving patient quality of life within a nursing home and innovations that would positively impact staff recruitment and retention.

 

For a list of grant recipients, please visit https://dhs.sd.gov/ltss/innovationgrants.aspx.

 

The funding for this program was approved by the South Dakota Legislature in March.

 

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