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9 Federal Programs

DRSD is designated by the Governor to provide protection and advocacy services to eligible persons with disabilities in South Dakota. DRSD provides services ranging from information and referral to case advocacy and legal representation. DRSD consists of nine component programs, each serving a distinct population based on federal legislative mandates and program priorities (priorities change yearly – areas listed below within each program are typical examples, but may not be a priority area in the current fiscal year):


Protection & Advocacy Developmental Disabilities Program

Assisting individuals with developmental disabilities in a number of areas that may include, but are not limited to, special education, abuse and neglect, entitlement programs, discrimination, and technical assistance in estate planning.

About PADD


Protection & Advocacy of Individual Rights Program

Assisting individuals with disabilities who are not eligible for the PADD, PAIMI, or other DRSD programs, including CAP clients who are in need of services beyond the scope of the CAP program, in areas that may include, but are not limited to, transportation, housing, education, entitlement programs, abuse and neglect, and public accommodations.

About PAIR


Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Program

Assisting individuals with a mental illness or emotional impairment who are in the process of being transported or admitted to or residing in a facility providing care or treatment, who are living in a community setting including their own home, or who are involuntarily confined in a municipal detention facility for reasons other than serving a sentence resulting from a criminal offense, in areas of abuse, neglect, and rights violations.



Client Assistance Program

Assisting individuals who are clients or client applicants of any program, project, or community rehabilitation program authorized under the Rehabilitation Act and providing information regarding Title I of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

About CAP


Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security Program

Assisting recipients of Social Security Administration benefits (SSI/SSDI) by providing information and advice about vocational rehabilitation and providing services related to securing, maintaining or regaining employment.



Protection and Advocacy Assistive Technology Program

Assisting individuals with assistive technology needs in obtaining needed assistive technology devices and services.

About PAAT


Protection and Advocacy Traumatic Brain Injury Program

Assisting individuals with traumatic brain injury and their families with information, referrals and advice; individual and family advocacy; legal representation; and specific assistance in self-advocacy.



Protection and Advocacy Voting Access Program

Assisting individuals with disabilities with education, training, and other assistance including representation to fully participate in the electoral process and assist in the development of a knowledgeable cadre of persons responsible for planning and conducting voting in South Dakota.

About PAVA


Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries with Representative Payees Program

Since August 2018, the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Network received funding to conduct reviews on rep payee performance on behalf of the Social Security Administration (SSA). This program provides oversight to rep payees and their services to beneficiaries as well as giving them support to better understand their role and responsibilities.