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LSS Services Statewide

In Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Update: 05.03.2021, 7 am

We know you are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) and how it may affect LSS services. Ensuring our clients and staff are in a safe and healthy environment is our greatest concern. We are in communication with local public health officials and will follow recommendations relative to our operations. LSS has developed a pandemic plan that is being reviewed and revised regularly to help address the rapidly changing situation.

Services continue to be offered via video/telehealth, phone or Internet. Call for more information call 605-444-7500, 800-568-2401, or email

COVID-19 Health & Safety Precautions
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Behavioral Health Services

Mental health and substance use services continue to be available using telehealth technology. If you are interested in this option, contact our offices at 855-334-2953 or schedule an appointment online.

Center for Financial Resources
LSS continues to maintain the capacity to deliver services using phone, internet and video. If you are interested in this option, contact our offices at 888-258-2227.

Childcare & Education Services
LSS remains open at its Childcare & Education Programs.

Parents are reminded to keep their children home if they display signs of illness. We will be following very strict illness exclusion procedures in order to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Children will have their temperatures taken upon arrival and throughout the day. Any child who displays symptoms of illness will be sent home.

We are continuing increased sanitation of common areas and toys to prevent the spread of illness. We are implementing increased hand washing for staff and students, and educating students on proper handwashing techniques.

Mentoring Services
Everyday Heroes mentors are not able to see their students at school through the first semester.  If a mentor is interested in meeting with their student outside of school, both the mentor and student must enroll in the LSS Climb Program. 

LSS Climb, USucceed and Better Together volunteers may continue to meet at this time, although it is encouraged to limit in-person interactions, avoid large groups of people, practice social distancing and use good hygiene.

Residential Services for Children & Youth
We have implemented increased sanitation throughout facilities and have implemented symptom monitoring of residents and staff to try to avoid illness within our facilities.  Limited in-person visits with parents/guardians may be implemented with additional safety precautions in place based on local facility conditions.

LSS supports the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to reduce the spread. For the latest information on who is currently eligible to receive the vaccine and where to obtain the vaccine, visit the SD Department of Health webpage ( or call the Helpline Center at 211.