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Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday April 24
South Dakotans are encouraged to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs as part of the next DEA National Prescription Take Back Day on Saturday, April 24.

USD, DSS partner to train school personnel in crisis prevention and response
To help ensure children are psychologically and physically safe before, during and after unexpected negative events, the University of South Dakota (USD) and Department of Social Services (DSS) are working together to train South Dakota school personnel.

Community key to supporting families, ending child abuse and neglect
South Dakota communities play a key role in supporting families and ultimately in ending child abuse and neglect.

Governor Noem calls for end to child abuse, neglect
Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month to help bring an end to abuse and neglect in South Dakota. The Department of Social Services (DSS) is asking everyone to be vigilant in watching for signs of a problem.

DSS helps ensure families have correct child safety seats
The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) is helping ensure children ride in the best child safety seat for their height and weight when parents can’t afford to buy one.

DSS secures planning grant for 988 Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Planning for the launch of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s 988 dialing code will get a boost from a grant awarded to the South Dakota Department of Social Services.

DSS helps South Dakota families stay warm
The bitter cold stretch that recently gripped South Dakota required families to use more energy to stay warm.

DSS has tips and resources for lonely hearts on Valentine’s Day
While Valentine’s Day is a time for celebrating love, for many people who have lost a relationship, a loved one, or who are simply feeling down, it can be a difficult time. The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) has resources to help cope with the challenges.

Substance abuse recovery program for mothers launched in South Dakota
A new program to help expectant mothers struggling with substance use disorders has officially launched in South Dakota, and the agencies involved hope to see significant positive results.