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Black Hills Works has proudly supported people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 65 years. We offer a range of services, including residential support, employment, transportation, volunteer and community service, arts expression, and much more.

Each adult with an intellectual and developmental disability supported by Black Hills Works has a team to work with them to plan for their future and choose the services needed to reach their goals. The team consists of the individual, family members, their assigned Conflict-Free Case Manager, and Black Hills Works staff. As a person-centered agency, we encourage people to direct their own teams as much as possible.

The first step toward admissions to Black Hills Works or another Community Support Provider is to contact Dakota at Home at [email protected] or by calling 1-833-663-9673 and pressing option 2 for the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). Staff at Dakota at Home will provide the necessary application and paperwork to determine eligibility for services.

To qualify for services, individuals must meet certain following eligibility requirements, including:

  • The person must be diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability before the age of 18, according to the law. This could include conditions such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, head injury, brain disease, and fetal alcohol syndrome, among others.
  • There are also financial eligibility requirements to qualify for services. To be eligible, an individual must be receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or be determined to be “aged, blind, or disabled” and have income less than 300% of the SSI standard benefit amount.

Once an individual is determined eligible for services, they will be connected with a Conflict-Free Case Manager (CFCM). The CFCM will work with the individual and their support team to determine services needed and assist in connecting with the appropriate providers.

If an individual already receives services from a Conflict Free Case Manager and is interested in transferring to the Rapid City/Black Hills area, they will assist you with a referral.

For any questions on the referral or admissions process, please contact our Admissions Coordinator at 605.343.4550.