South Dakota

Family Empowerment Representatives

Family Empowerment Representatives are volunteers who provide emotional support, information and resources to families affected by Rett syndrome. Contacting them should be your first step.

National Family Empowerment Representative

Samantha Brant – Family & Community Engagement Manager, International Rett Syndrome Foundation
[email protected]  1-913-221-8157

Family Empowerment Representative

Nicole Bacan, volunteer Family Empowerment Representative
[email protected] 1-605-670-9831

Treatment and Research Centers

Your child may be able to participate in studies and trials to advance treatment and knowledge of Rett syndrome. There are clinics specializing in Rett syndrome that can help you provide Rett-specific care for your child.

Clinical Trials

Rett syndrome clinical trials are available at various stages in the process. Please visit our Clinical Trial page for current enrollment status.

State Agencies & Resources

Local Service Agencies

Health KiCC

Health KiCC provides financial assistance for medical appointments, procedures, treatments, medications and travel reimbursement for children (under age 21) with certain chronic health conditions.  Care coordination services are also available upon request.  Email or call for application information. [email protected].

South Dakota Parent Connection (SDPC)

Visit South Dakota Parent Connection (SDPC) Website
South Dakota Parent Connection (SDPC) connects families caring for children/youth (ages birth to 26) with the full range of disabilities or special health care needs to information, training and resources in an environment of support, hope and respect.

Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) 

Visit Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) Website
Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) helps parents receive appropriate education and services for their children (Birth through age 26) with disabilities, works to improve education results for all children, trains and informs parents and professionals and connects children with disabilities to resources that address their needs. [email protected].

Family to Family Health Information Center (F2F HIC)

Visit Family to Family Health Information Center (F2F HIC) Website
Family to Family Health Information Center (F2F HIC) provides information and guidance to families, and the professionals who serve them, to access services and resources for children and youth with special health care needs.

Rural Health Outreach Project (RHOP) 

Visit Rural Health Outreach Project (RHOP) Website
Rural Health Outreach Project (RHOP) provides outreach and individual assistance to promote early and continuous identification of special health care needs, improved access to community-based systems of care and improved transition tools and options for youth in transition.

Community of Care (COC)

Visit Community of Care (COC) Website
The Community of Care (COC) consortium is dedicated to creating a better South Dakota for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), their families, and the providers that support them.

Center for Disabilities

Visit Center for Disabilities Website
The Center for Disabilities is located within the Health Science Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and is under the umbrella of the University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine. They provide activities that support people with disabilities to live, work, and fully participate in their communities. They also support parents, siblings, professionals and stakeholders in the community.

State Medicaid

SD DSS Online System

Visit SD DSS Online System Website
SD DSS Online System allows you to apply for Medicaid and CHIP and other low-income assistance programs. You can apply to Medicaid and CHIP through or by phone.  You can also download forms then mail, fax, or take the application in person to a local Social Services office.

Complete Online Application for DSS Services

Disabled Children's Program

Visit Disabled Children’s Program Website
Disabled Children’s Program provides South Dakota Medicaid for certain disabled children (under age 19) in South Dakota. The program is intended for children with disabilities who have medically fragile conditions requiring skilled nursing care in a medical facility if they were not being cared for at home. You can apply by phone.

Home and Community Based Services 

Visit Home and Community Based Services Website
Home and Community Based Services provides South Dakota Medicaid for individuals with developmental disabilities who would otherwise be institutionalized in a Medicaid-funded hospital, nursing facility or an intermediate care facility. You can apply by phone.

Medical Programs Available in South Dakota

View Medical Programs Available in South Dakota


The Navigator Program

Visit The Navigator Program Website
The Navigator Program, a partnership between the South Dakota Department of Education, Special Education Programs and South Dakota Parent Connection, provides individualized guidance to parents of children and youth with disabilities or special health care needs and school professionals at no cost.

Handicap Placard

South Dakota DOR

Visit South Dakota DOR Website
South Dakota DOR issues handicap placards and plates. A licensed physician must sign the application.  Submit a completed application to your local county treasurer’s office. There is no cost for either type of disabled reserved parking permit; an individual can request two permanent portable permits if they have more than one vehicle.

Physically Disabled Parking Permits and License Plates application

If you have favorite resources to share with others, please email that information and your experience to [email protected].

Legal Resources & Information

South Dakota Advocacy Services

Visit South Dakota Advocacy Services Website
South Dakota Advocacy Services is South Dakota’s gubernatorial designated protection and advocacy (P&A) system. P&As are mandated under various federal statutes to provide legal representation and other advocacy services to all eligible persons with disabilities. These services are provided through a variety of vehicles: individual representation, educating policy makers, advocacy for groups, information and referral services, rights education, and self-advocacy training.

Additional Resources

Rocky Mountain Rett Association (RMRA)

Visit Rocky Mountain Rett Association (RMRA) Website
Rocky Mountain Rett Association (RMRA) is a member-based organization serving the Rocky Mountain region dedicated to improving the quality of life for girls and their families impacted by Rett Syndrome. We achieve this by providing supportive services and resources to girls and their families, engaging in advocacy, education and awareness efforts, and raising funds to support the search for a cure and improved treatment options.

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