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Recruitment Assistance Program

This program provides qualifying dentists a payment in return for three coninuous years of practice in an eligible rural community. Dentists must enter into a contract with the South Dakota Department of Health in order to participate in the program. The amount of tuition reimbursement for a qualifying dentist is equal to twice the current USD school of Medicine's resident tuition for a four-year period. Since South Dakota does not have a dental school, the USD School of Medicine's resident tuition is being used as the basis for reimbursement. The current amount is approximately $140,000.

To be eligible a Dentist must:

  • Be licensed as a Dentist in South Dakota.

  • Agree to practice as a general dentist in an eligible community for at least three consecutive years.

  • Provide services to Medicaid Patients.

To be eligible a community must:

  • Have a population of 10,000 or less

  • Have been assessed by the Department of Health and determined to both need and be able to sustain a dentist.

  • Agree to pay a pro-rated portion of the total reimbursement payments:

Under 2,500 population - 25%
2,500 - 5,000 population - 50%
Over 5,000 population - 75%

Contact Information

Jacob Parsons, Office of Rural Health
600 E Capitol
Pierre SD 57501
Email: Jacob.parsons@state.sd.us
Phone: 1-800-738-2301
http://doh.sd.gov/providers/ruralhealth/recruitment-assistance-healthcare-professionals/

 

 

SDDA News

2016 Legislative Session 
 

House Bill 1104 would allow more flexibility in the way dentists supervise dental hygienists working under collaborative supervision and strikes the special exemption given to Delta Dental two years ago for their pilot project on the Reservations.    

The bill adds the term “oral health review” to the Dental Practice Act defining it as a “limited assessment of a person's oral health through a dentist's review of dental and medical history following a limited clinical inspection by a dental hygienist working under collaborative supervision.”