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Department of Mental Health Recognizes National Recovery Month

Department of Mental Health Recognizes National Recovery Month 

(Jackson, Miss.) – The Department of Mental Health is joining thousands of others across the country in recognizing September as National Recovery Month, a reminder that people can and do recover from mental illness.

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) has embraced the concept of recovery through its programs and services statewide as it transitions to a person-centered and recovery-oriented system of care. As mental health professionals and individuals in recovery throughout the nation celebrate this month’s recognition, DMH urges everyone to remember that though mental illness may affect an estimated one in five people, they can recover to lead healthy, productive and happy lives.

“Though seldom talked about as openly as many other physical health issues, mental illnesses are common and, more importantly, they are treatable,” said DMH Executive Director Diana Mikula. “Often, individuals who experience a mental and/or substance use disorder feel isolated and alone. Yet, every year thousands of Mississippians experience these conditions.

“It’s imperative that we offer support to people facing mental and/or substance use disorders. In fact, we need to create environments and relationships that promote acceptance. Support from peers is essential to recovery, so it’s important that people in the community get involved by starting conversations about prevention, treatment, and recovery.”

Over the past several years, the public mental health system in Mississippi has been in transition to a person-centered and recovery-oriented system of care, taking into account a holistic view of the lives of the individuals in need of mental health services. Services are designed not just to reduce symptoms an individual may be experiencing, but to examine the factors in their lives that contribute to symptoms and provide them with the supports and resources they need to stay in long-term recovery.

One valuable resource has been the development of a network of Certified Peer Support Specialists, individuals or family members of individuals who are living with mental illness who provide mutual support groups and peer-run services in addition to the traditional mental health services. First supported through DMH, in June 2015 the network was incorporated with the state as the Association of Mississippi Peer Support Specialists and is now a peer-led organization. Their vision is to be a source of inspiration, empowerment, and encouragement to peer supporters of all mental health conditions throughout the state.

The message of recovery is essential to promote. The first behavioral health symptoms usually precede a mental illness or substance use disorder by up to four years, providing an opportunity for intervention that can be effective. Identifying when someone has a problem and connecting that person to treatment resources as soon as possible can make a lasting difference in someone’s life. Family supports also play a significant role in treating or preventing mental health or substance use issues.

For peer supporters, studies have shown that helping others helps improve one’s own chances at long-term recovery. Sharing personal experiences also brings additional hope to other peers in recovery. Mississippi’s peer supporters have been sharing their stories of recovery in printed and in video testimonials.  They can be viewed on the DMH web site on the Recovery page www.dmh.ms.gov/think-recovery/.

Click here to view what recovery means to Mississippi’s peer support specialists


DMH is supporting a better tomorrow by making a difference in the lives of Mississippians with mental illness, substance use problems and intellectual or developmental disabilities one person at a time.

Paint It Purple! is September 18


The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH), Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi Chapter, and the UMMC MIND Center  have partnered together to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease through a statewide Paint It Purple! promotion to be held on Friday, September 18th in honor of Alzheimer’s Action Day.

Mississippians are encouraged to wear purple and display purple ribbons/bows on their homes and offices to show their support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and the loved ones who care for them. People are also encouraged to host a local Paint It Purple! event in their city and/or workplace.

“Paint It Purple! is about increasing awareness of this devastating disease, while encouraging support for people living with Alzheimer’s disease ,” said Kathy Van Cleave, Director of DMH’s Division of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia. “By opening up the dialogue, we can bring Alzheimer’s the attention it deserves and foster caregiver support. We are doing a lot to encourage awareness, education, and support, but there is so much more that needs to be done.”

“Now is the time to shine a spotlight on the devastating impact of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Denise Lafferty, Chief of Operations of The MIND Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. “Alzheimer’s is the only leading cause of death in the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. …The MIND Center at UMMC is pleased to join the Department of Mental Health Division of Alzheimer’s and the Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi Chapter in highlighting the need for significant investment in federal research dollars, improved clinical care and enhanced caregiver support through Paint it Purple! to help turn the tide of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.”

Patty Dunn, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi Chapter states, “This global Alzheimer’s disease epidemic demands an enormous amount of attention.  Paint It Purple!  is an effort to raise awareness and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease.  We encourage everyone to wear purple with a purpose.”

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease include:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Challenges in planning or solving problems
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
  • Confusion with time or place
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  • New problems with words in speaking or writing
  • Misplacing things or losing the ability to retrace steps
  • Decreased or poor judgment
  • Withdrawal from work or social activities
  • Changes in mood and personality

For more information regarding caregiver support, resources and advocacy efforts, visit www.alz.org/ms or by calling the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline 1.800.272.3900.

Let us know how you chose to Paint It Purple!  Submit your photo to the Division of Alzheimer’s at kathy.vancleave@dmh.state.ms.us.





Register now for the 16th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease

The Online Registration for both the 16th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Psychiatric Disorders in Older Adults and the Alzheimer’s Conference Pre-Conference Intensive is now live. Registration information is available online.

Click here for the brochure for the 16th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease.

Click here for the brochure for the Pre-Conference Intensive.

New this year is the Alzheimer’s Conference Pre-Conference Intensive.  This event will take place on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at the MSU Riley Center in Meridian, MS.  The Pre-Conference Intensive is a ½ day format that will focus primarily on Early Detection and Screening for Dementia in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities.  Planning forms for continuing education have been submitted.  Target audience for the Pre-Conference is primarily professionals working with individuals with ID/D and community service providers.  To register online:  www.regonline.com/msalzprecon2015.

The 16th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Psychiatric Disorders in Older Adults  will be held August 19 – 21, 2015 at the MSU Riley Center in Meridian, MS and will follow a similar format to years past.  To register online:  www.regonline.com/msalzconference2015.

Additional Information:

Click here for conference hotel information

Click here for continuing education information

Click here for conference award nomination information


Award Winning Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me” Documentary to screen

at historic MSU Riley Center


August 6, 2015 (Jackson, Miss.) – In 2011, music legend Glen Campbell set out on an unprecedented tour across America. What he thought would last for only five weeks instead went for 151 spectacular, sold out shows over a triumphant year and a half.

What made this tour extraordinary was that Campbell had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The results of this unprecedented tour are on display in “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me,” a documentary of this amazing journey. The film will be shown in its entirety on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the MSU Riley Center in downtown Meridian.

Campbell had been told to hang up his guitar and prepare for the inevitable. Instead, he and his wife went public with his diagnosis and announced that he and his family would set out on a farewell tour. The film documents their attempt to navigate the wildly unpredictable nature of his progressing disease using love, laughter and music as their medicine of choice.

The film showing in Meridian will be followed by a panel discussion featuring representatives from the healthcare community, Alzheimer’s day programs, the Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi Chapter and the Mississippi Department of Mental Health Division of Alzheimer’s.

“We are thrilled to bring the film, “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me” to the greater Meridian area,” said Kathy Van Cleave, Director of the Division of Alzheimer’s Disease in the Mississippi Department of Mental Health.  “The Campbell family is to be commended for sharing their life in such a vulnerable way.”

“This film will certainly spark conversation and will open opportunities to lend support to those in caregiving roles.”

This opportunity is being brought to Meridian through the partnership of several entities, including the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, the University of Mississippi MIND Center, Weems Community Mental Health Center, Footprints Adult Day Services, and the Independent Nursing Home Association.

Tickets are free, but must be reserved by calling 601-696-2213.

Click  here for more information about “Glen Campbell . . . I’ll Be Me.”


DMH responds to inquiries regarding Oxford House

The Department of Mental Health has received inquiries regarding Oxford House from Mississippi Senator Will Longwitz. DMH has responded to Senator Longwitz with a letter addressing the issues he has raised. The full response to Senator Longwitz is available to read by clicking here

Oxford House CEO and Co-Founder Paul Molloy also responded to Senator Longwitz. His full response is available to read by clicking here

What is Oxford House?

An Oxford House is a democratically run, self-supporting and drug free home. Oxford House, Inc. is a publicly supported, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that is the umbrella organization providing a network that connects all Oxford Houses and allocates resources to expand the Oxford House concept.

Each Oxford House receives a charter from Oxford House, Inc. (OHI), which includes three conditions: 1) the group must be democratically self-run following the procedures of the Oxford House Manual, 2)the group must be financially self-supporting and pay all its own bills, and 3) the group must immediately expel any resident who returns to using alcohol or illicit drugs.

The first Oxford House was established in 1975 in Silver Spring, Maryland, and they are now found in nearly every state in the country. Since 2013, 18 Oxford Houses have opened in Mississippi: eight for men, seven for women, and one for women and children.

Why did the Mississippi Department of Mental Health begin working with Oxford House?

Oxford House is the only sober living house model listed on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). All interventions in this registry have met NREPP’s minimum requirements for review and have been independently assessed and rated for Quality of Research and Readiness for Dissemination.

Mississippi’s Statewide Strategic Plan for Performance and Budgetary Success, Building a Better Mississippi, calls for state agencies to focus resources with programs that were identified through evidence-based research.

What is the Mississippi Department of Mental Health’s relationship with Oxford House?

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) has provided federal grants made available by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that serve two purposes. The grants provide seed money for Oxford Houses to be established, and they provide Oxford House, Inc. with funding to employ Outreach Workers.

What is the seed money?

The seed money is a one-time distribution of $4,000 to the Oxford House charters by Oxford House, Inc. and is used to cover the first month’s rent, utility deposits, and may be used to purchase staple items such as cleaning supplies, paper towels, tissues, etc. This funding is administered from a revolving loan account and is repaid by the individual charters, generally within 24 months.

Who are the Outreach Workers and what do they do?

Outreach Workers are employees of OHI who find suitable houses to rent, educate potential residents about sober living options, and teach residents the system of operations. Outreach Workers also help keep existing houses on track by organizing chapters, workshops and state associations. Outreach Workers monitor the Houses for compliance with the Oxford House model. Mississippi Outreach Workers are under the direct supervision of a Regional Outreach Manager who answers directly to the COO of Oxford House, Inc.

What level of supervision is maintained at an Oxford House?

Oxford Houses are homes, not treatment facilities. DMH does not regulate homes. No direct therapeutic services are provided in Oxford Houses. However, as previously mentioned, the federal grants administered by DMH do fund Oxford House outreach workers who monitor Oxford Houses for compliance with the Oxford House model.

Some Oxford Houses conduct random testing, some conduct for-cause testing, and some do both.  All Houses in Mississippi conduct screening with the frequency and criteria determined by the peers in the individual homes.  Drug tests are kept on site at all locations to be used when peers determine it is warranted.

Drug tests are not the only indicators of drug use, as behavioral symptoms can be just as telling. Drug testing does occur at the homes and positive drug tests do result in immediate eviction from an Oxford House. Behavioral signs that indicate substance use or other behavioral issues can cause an individual to be evicted as well.

OHI says the philosophy behind the Oxford House model is three-fold: 1) self-help is the bedrock of recovery, 2) disciplined democracy is key to living together, and 3) self-support builds efficacy in sobriety comfortable enough to avoid relapse.

Who lives in an Oxford House?

Anyone recovering from alcohol or substance use disorders can apply to get into any Oxford House by filling out an application and being interviewed by the existing members of the House. Since Oxford Houses are democratically-run, an individual is only admitted if 80 percent of the existing residents approve. The data DMH staff compiled using OHI monthly reports indicates presentations at behavioral health providers are by far the primary means of outreach for potential residents, with 85 percent of presentations in 2014 taking place at behavioral health providers. Sex offenders are not allowed to reside in Oxford Houses in Mississippi, and the Oxford House World Council suggests to all of its charters that they avoid accepting individuals convicted of a sexual offense.

There must be at least six residents in an Oxford House, and there are houses for men, houses for women, and houses for both women and children.

Progress Update on Mississippi’s Public Mental Health System

Below are two recent documents the Department of Mental Health has developed to provide an overview of Mississippi’s Public Mental Health System and the efforts made by the department in its expansion of community-based services and the transformation to a person-centered and recovery-oriented system of care.


Progress Update on Mississippi’s Public Mental Health System – This is a white paper which highlights the progress made within the public mental health system related to the expansion of community-based services since 2011.

Progress Update Flyer - This is a flyer which highlights many of the activities listed in the white paper. This condensed version of the white paper will be easier to share with individuals who are interested in learning  more about the expansion of community-based services.

The Wonder of Knowing: Weathering the Storm of Dementia

The Wonder of Knowing: Weathering the Storm of Dementia workshop is January 22, 2015 in Amory, MS. It has been approved for 3 SWK hours and for several DMH credentials. This is a free workshop. Please see the below attached file for registration information.

The Wonder of Knowing Registration info

Mississippi Expands Program of Assertive Community Treatment Teams

In an effort to continue to expand community-based services, the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) is under way with the development of four additional Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) Teams. 

The new teams will be operating in Mississippi’s Gulf Coast region, the Hattiesburg region, DeSoto County and to the Jackson Metro area. Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources will operate the teams in the Hattiesburg and coastal counties, Timber Hills Mental Health Services will operate the team in DeSoto County and Hinds Behavioral Health Services will operate the team based in Jackson.

PACT is an individual-centered, recovery-oriented, mental health service delivery model for facilitating community living, psychological rehabilitation and recovery for persons who have the most severe and persistent mental illnesses and have not benefited from traditional outpatient services.

 “We have developed a motto with our PACT teams, and that is ‘Whatever it takes,’” said Andrew Day, Director of Adult Services in the DMH Bureau of Community Mental Health Services. “That’s what we do. It’s all about the individuals we’re serving. The teams figure out how to deliver services in the best way possible to each individual.”

These four new teams will be in addition to the two DMH currently has in the state, one operated by Life Help Community Mental Health Center based out of Greenwood and one operated by Warren Yazoo Mental Health Center based out of Vicksburg.

PACT Teams serve individuals who may have gone without appropriate services. They are mobile, delivering services in the community and enabling individuals to avoid treatment in an inpatient setting. Each PACT team is made of individuals from multidisciplinary backgrounds who share responsibility for addressing the needs of the individuals served.  The services they deliver are individually tailored for each individual to address their goals and preferences. 

The PACT teams that have already been operating have made a significant difference for the individuals they have served, said Charles Stampley, Team Leader for the Warren-Yazoo PACT program.

“I think there is a strong need for programs like PACT,” he said. “All of the services are individualized for each client, and are as hands-on as any program could get. I believe for the underserved and less responsive to traditional mental health clients, a program such as this that encompasses a holistic approach is what the client would need.”

Stampley said the PACT teams have had a significant impact for individuals who are homeless, and approximately 25 percent of those the team serves are homeless or in imminent danger of becoming homeless. They often have significant financial conflicts, he said.

“PACT has seen dramatic benefits within this area, as all but one individual of the 25 percent has been paired with housing. About one third of the 25 percent has allowed PACT to assist them with money management.

“It has meant a lot to the individuals served, as it has meant for us to provide the service,” Stampley said.

Though each of the four new PACT teams are just in the beginning stages of their formation, Day said he is hopeful they will be operating and serving individuals in their respective areas before the end of the year. In the four years DMH has had PACT teams operating, they have been extraordinarily successful in helping individuals in recovery by ensuring they can stay and participate in the communities of their choice.

Mental health is a serious public health problem in Mississippi. In 2013, more than 165,000 people needed treatment for a mental health issue. Since many people do not seek help, Mississippians must continue to have conversations on mental health in order to increase understanding and stay focused on the concept of recovery – a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. Recovery is unique to each individual and can truly only be defined by the individuals themselves. 

“Recovery not only benefits the individual, it benefits the entire community,” said Diana Mikula, DMH Executive Director. “Evidence-based programs such as PACT Teams are essential to keep individuals in the community and help them continue on their road to recovery. We must continue to expand Mississippi’s community-capacity for the individuals served by the public mental health system.”

If you or someone you know is in need of services and supports, call the DMH’s 24 hour-a-day, 7 days a week at 1-877-210-8513 or visit www.dmh.ms.gov.

Technical Assistance Collaborative Releases Supportive Housing Strategy Report

Several state agencies have a role in providing housing and support services for individuals with disabilities and life challenges in Mississippi. The State has lacked a coordinated approach and infrastructure to address the needs of these individuals. The Mississippi Department of Mental Health retained the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) to assist in developing a statewide integrated supportive housing strategy for people with mental illness, intellectual or developmental disabilities, addictive disease, veterans and other high-need individuals in the state.

TAC’s engagement involved producing a report with recommendations for the Mississippi Legislature to consider in preparing the Fiscal Year 2016 budget. During the preparation of this report, TAC identified key issues Mississippi should address to improve its ability to meet the integrated supportive housing needs of the identified individuals. This report includes recommendations informed by numerous interviews conducted with individuals across the range of housing and state service agencies. These recommendations are intended to build upon and leverage the existing resources and capacity in Mississippi, as well as provide the needed oversight, direction and leadership to ensure statewide ownership and commitment.


A Statewide Approach for Integrated Supportive Housing in Mississippi





Department of Mental Health Announces Housing Initiative

September 26, 2014 (Jackson, MS) – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) a Cooperative Agreement to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) grant for the implementation of the Mississippi Housing 4 Recovery initiative.

The Department received notification in September that the agency has been selected by SAMHSA to receive $1,189,391 for the first year of implementation of the Mississippi Housing 4 Recovery (MH4R) initiative. The initiative will address housing and support service needs of persons who are experiencing chronic homelessness with substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

Mississippi Housing 4 Recovery is designed to increase the availability of permanent supportive housing for individuals who are chronically homeless. This will be accomplished by combining the provision of resources and services while supporting the dissemination of best practices statewide and incorporating recovery at every level of service. Because this grant is jointly funded by SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), the project will be co-directed by Mark Stovall, Director of DMH Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services, and Trisha Hinson, Director of DMH Community Living.

“What this means for DMH is the opportunity to expand and enhance programs and services that are already proving to be effective in supporting individuals to enable them to live successfully in the community,” Hinson said.

With a start-up date of October 1, 2014, MH4R will be implemented over a three year period. During that time frame, a total of 297 individuals are expected to be enrolled and served, with outreach services provided to as many as 500 individuals.

Included in MH4R is a commitment from five housing service providers in the state of approximately 109 housing slots per year, for a total of 327 housing slots.

MH4R will expand or enhance a number of best-practice models that are already in use in the Department of Mental Health, including Programs of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) and the Oxford House recovery home model.

PACT is an individual-centered, recovery-oriented behavioral service delivery model for facilitating community living, psychological rehabilitation and recovery for individuals who have the most severe and persistent mental illness that jeopardizes their ability to have housing stability. The Oxford House model is another concept in which a group of individuals in recovery from drug and alcohol use run their own self-sustaining and drug-free household. Each Oxford House is self-governed with a shared responsibility for successful integration into the community neighborhood.

DMH and Think Again Network Release Media Guidebook

September 26, 2014 (Jackson, MS) – The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the Think Again Network have completed work on a project that aims to change the portrayal of mental illness across the state.

DMH and Think Again have released a Mental Health Media Guidebook for Mississippi Journalists that provides tips and helpful information regarding coverage of the often sensitive topics of mental illness and suicide. The Think Again Network is a group of mental health professionals and advocates who seek to educate the public across the state about the misconceptions of mental illness. With that goal in mind, the media guide acts as a tool and resource to help journalists in their work of providing fair and comprehensive news coverage.

The guide builds on the Associated Press Stylebook entry on mental illness. The AP Stylebook is a writing guide for journalists that is published and updated each year, but the entry on mental illness was only added in 2013. However, research has shown that many people do not have much information on behavioral health issues other than what they have perceived from the mass media.

The goal with this guide is to aid journalists, especially journalism students, in providing appropriate news coverage that can help break down the stigma surrounding mental health. The guide also provided an opportunity for several Mississippians to share their own stories of how they have been affected by mental illness.

One such story is from Mississippi journalist and University of Mississippi journalism professor Robin Street. She shares her account of overcoming and recovering from a diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

“As a journalist, I have written often about mental health issues, trying to help people understand them,” she said in her story. “As a college journalism instructor, I implore journalists and journalism students to take time to understand and report on mental health issues.”

The guidebook presents some general information that would be informative to the general public, such as the fact that mental illnesses are common, and one in five adults has a diagnosable mental illness. It drives home that recovery is possible and treatment works.
It also deals with some topics that are crucially important – reporting on suicide and the relationship between mental illness and violence.

More than 50 studies worldwide have found that news coverage can increase the likelihood of an already-vulnerable person attempting suicide. That increase has been tied to the amount, duration, and prominence of the media coverage. The information presented in the guidebook focuses on ways to avoid misinformation about suicide and avoid sensationalizing it. In short, suicide is a very complex topic, but it is possible to report on it while still informing an audience and also including information that can offer hope and resources to individuals who may be affected by it.

While violent acts committed by individuals living with mental illnesses are not uncommon in the news cycle, research has shown violence and mental illness should not necessarily be linked together. The U.S. Surgeon General has reported that the likelihood of violence from people with mental illness is “exceptionally small.” A study published in the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry says that the vast majority of mentally ill people are actually more likely to be victims of violence than others.

Other topics in the guide include ways to eliminate stigmatizing language from news coverage, tips for interviewing people who have been personally affected by mental illnesses and ways the media can help change the public perception of mental illness.

“It’s important for journalism students to learn more about reporting on mental health and suicide because they are the professional opinion leaders of society,” says Belhaven University communication major Toni Robinson in the guide.

“Journalists have the power to influence stereotypes about people whether they are positive or negative. That power should be handled responsibly when it comes to issues such as mental health and suicide.”

Click here to view Media Guidebook for Mississippi Journalists

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