Economic Assistance

Economic Assistance is intended to be a resource of last resort for economic, medical and funeral assistance.

Economic Assistance provides assistance to residents who meet the eligibility criteria, as outlined in the Pennington County approved guidelines and South Dakota State Statutes. This program is a resource of last resort which assists individuals who have no other public or private third-party coverage.
 
Available county assistance includes economic assistance, medical assistance and assistance for funeral services and burials.

 

Economic Assistance

Eligibility is based on state statute and county guidelines. The amount of assistance is established in the county guidelines and a lien maybe placed against the individual. Economic Assistance is not an on-going program, but is designed to address the immediate need.
 
Due to the attachment of a lien, the individual is encouraged to exhaust all other resources prior to making application with the county. The county will assist in making appropriate referrals and can act as an advocate on the individual's behalf.
 
Types of economic assistance provided:

  • Rent
  • Transportation
  • Utilities
  • Utility Deposit Guarantee


If you feel you may be eligible for assistance, please call 605-394-2156 to make an appointment. When you call, you will be informed of what information you will need to bring to the appointment.
 
Medical Assistance

The county is a resource of last resort and requires that all other resources be exhausted first. Medical Assistance is determined by a formula established in the state statutes. The individual's availability and affordability of health care coverage will be one determining factor of eligibility. All medical services must meet the criteria of medical necessity set by state statute. The county works directly with medical providers and past and current employers in assessing eligibility. The county must approve non-emergency medical procedures prior to the services being performed. The county investigates any potential third-party payee. If the county approves financial assistance, a repayment plan will be established.
 
Types of medical assistance provided:

  • Dental
  • Doctor
  • Hospital
  • Medication
  • Transportation


Any other medical need that is referred by a physician
If you feel you may be eligible for assistance, please call 605-394-2156 to make an appointment. When you make the appointment, a packet of information will be sent to you listing the required information you will need to bring to the appointment.
 
Please inform the receptionist if you are calling for pre-authorization of a medical service or have an immediate need for medications.

Funeral Assistance

Economic Assistance provides financial assistance for funeral services and burials for qualified individuals.

For assistance, please call 605-394-2156 to make an appointment.