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“Holiday Blues” are Real, but can be Overcome

December 8, 2017 (Jackson, Miss.) – Thanksgiving has already come and gone, Christmas and more holidays are right around the corner, and for many people, it’s the most…

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Juvenile Outreach Programs Served 1,587 Youth in FY17

December 8, 2017 – What began as an effort to develop a collaborative partnership for Juvenile Outreach Programs in 2010 has turned into a sustained program that served…

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DMH and Partners Announce Launch of ‘Stand Up, Mississippi’ Campaign

December 6, 2017 (Jackson, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) and six other agencies announced the launch of Stand Up, Mississippi, a comprehensive media campaign…

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DMH Requests Level Funding for Fiscal Year 2019

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) presented its Fiscal Year 2019 budget request to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee on Friday, September 22. DMH’s legislative agenda outlines…

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Mississippi State Hospital Conducts Forensic Screening Evaluator Training

In an effort to make pre-trial competence evaluations more readily available, Mississippi State Hospital’s Forensic Services staff conducted a training program designed to increase the number of qualified…

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DMH Hosts Training for Trauma-Informed Criminal Justice System Responses

A diverse group of professionals gathered at the Department of Mental Health Central Office recently for a two-day training on trauma-informed care in the criminal justice system. The…

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DMH Receives Grant for ‘Crossover XPand’ Program

Young people at risk for involvement in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems are the focus of a grant the Department of Mental Health recently received that…

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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in Mississippi

Governor Phil Bryant recently signed a proclamation declaring September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, drawing awareness to a public health issue that affects people of all ages and…

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DMH Begins Implementation of Conflict Free Case Management

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) has begun the implementation of conflict-free case management services for the Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) Waiver.  Conflict-free case management is required…

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Mississippi State Hospital Partners with Region 8 for Forensic Services

Dr. Thomas Recore, Dr. Amanda Gugliano, and Dr. Reb McMichael from Mississippi State Hospital (MSH) Forensic Services, along with hospital director James Chastain, attended a meeting of the…

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DMH and DPS Strengthen Partnership to Save Lives

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) is partnering with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS) to provide naloxone, a life-saving medication that blocks or reverses effects…

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DMH and NAMI Mississippi Host Mental Health First Aid ‘Train the Trainer’

Mississippi recently added 29 more individuals to the growing list of Mental Health First Aid Instructors in the state through a training offered by the Mississippi Department of…

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DMH Consolidates Functions at Behavioral Health Programs

The Department of Mental Health announced in July a consolidation of various aspects of its programs in an effort to reduce administrative overhead while continuing to deliver quality…

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2017 Trauma Informed Care Conference is September 26-29 in Jackson

The 2017 Trauma Informed Care Conference will be September 26-29 at the Jackson Convention Center. Titled “Standing in the Eye of the Storm,” the conference brings together mental…

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Suicide Prevention Symposium is September 19 in Jackson

A one-day symposium on September 19 aims to address suicide prevention across all age groups in Mississippi – children and youth, adults, and elder adults who may be…

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Robert Landrum Named Chair of Board of Mental Health

Robert Landrum of Ellisville has been named Chair of the Board of Mental Health for the year beginning July 1, 2017. Mr. Landrum has served for the previous…

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Dr. Manda Griffin Named Vice Chair of Board of Mental Health

Dr. Manda Griffin of Houlka has been named the Vice Chair of the Board of Mental Health for the year beginning July 1, 2017. Dr. Griffin has extensive…

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Board of Mental Health honors outgoing member George Harrison

The Board of Mental Health recently passed a resolution honoring Mr. George Harrison, of Coffeeville, whose term that ended June 30 brings an end to more than 20…

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Oxford Developer Stewart Rutledge Joins Board of Mental Health

Stewart Rutledge of Oxford has been appointed to the Mississippi Board of Mental Health by Governor Phil Bryant.  Mr. Rutledge is a real estate developer who will serve…

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DMH Releases FY 17 Progress Report for Suicide Prevention Plan

The Mississippi Suicide Prevention Plan Workgroup was formed in April 2016 to finalize the state’s efforts in developing a formal plan to help combat a public health issue…

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Town Hall Meeting on Opioids Scheduled for July 18 in Tupelo

July 12, 2017 (Jackson, Miss.) – A town hall meeting in Tupelo on July 18 will address the growing impact of opioids in communities across the state. The meeting…

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Author Sam Quinones discusses opioid epidemic at 2017 Heroin and Opioid Mississippi Drug Summit

More than 700 people registered for the 2017 Heroin and Opioid Mississippi Drug Summit, a partnership between multiple health and public safety agencies and organizations with one single…

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DMH Response to Release of TAC Assessment on Children Services

Recent media coverage related to the release of the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) report regarding children’s mental health services in the state has focused on the fact the…

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Town Hall Meeting on Opioids Scheduled for June 27 in Hattiesburg

June 16, 2017 (Jackson, Miss.) – A town hall meeting in Hattiesburg on June 27 will address the growing impact of opioids in communities across the state. The meeting…

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2017 Opioid & Heroin Drug Summit is July 11-13 at Broadmoor Baptist Church

Education. Training. Collaboration. Saving lives. These are the goals of the 2017 Mississippi Opioid and Heroin Summit – an opportunity for all of us to face the epidemic that…

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Town Hall Meeting on Impact of Opioids Scheduled for June 13 in Diamondhead

May 30, 2017 (Jackson, Miss.) – A town hall meeting in Diamondhead on June 13 will address the growing impact of opioids in communities across the state. The…

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DMH Partners with Health and Safety Agencies for Opioid Town Halls

A town hall meeting in Brandon on May 23 addressed the growing impact of opioids in communities across the state. The meeting was hosted in a partnership with…

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Town Hall Meeting on Impact of Opioids Scheduled for May 23 in Brandon

A town hall meeting in Brandon this month will address the growing impact of opioids in communities across the state. The meeting is hosted in a partnership with…

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Mississippi Awarded $3.58 Million to Combat Opioid Addiction

May 1, 2017 – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) announced in April that the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) will receive $3.58 million in federal funding to…

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Department of Mental Health recognizes April as Alcohol Awareness Month

April 11, 2017 (Jackson, Miss.) – The Department of Mental Health is recognizing April as Alcohol Awareness Month, joining the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)…

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Roadmap for Integrated Care in Mississippi is released

In October 2016, the Department of Mental Health partnered with the Department of Health and the Mississippi Public Health Institute for a State Forum on Integrated Care. One…

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Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Day at the Capitol is March 22

March 1, 2017 (Jackson, Miss.) –The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) is recognizing Intellectual/Developmental Disabilies Day at the Capitol on March 22 from 1:30 p.m. until 4…

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Mental Health Day at the Capitol is March 15

March 1, 2017 (Jackson, Miss.) –The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) is recognizing Mental Health Day at the Capitol on March 15 from 1 p.m. until 4…

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Department of Mental Health and Department of Corrections Partner to Reduce Recidivism

For Immediate Release Sept. 30, 2016 Contact: Adam Moore, Mississippi Department of Mental Health, (601) 359-2287; or Grace Fisher, Mississippi Department of Corrections, (601) 359-5608 Mississippi has been awarded…

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Department of Mental Health Announces Mississippi Suicide Prevention Plan

September 16, 2016 (Jackson, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) has released its first state plan for suicide prevention, making an important step in efforts…

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The 2016 Trauma Conference is Sept. 20-22 at the Jackson Convention Complex

For the third year in a row, the Mississippi Department of Mental Health is hosting a conference focused on trauma-informed care during National Recovery Month. Scheduled for Sept….

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Department of Mental Health Recognizes Recovery Month

September 12, 2016 (Jackson, Miss.) – The Department of Mental Health is joining thousands of others across the country in recognition of National Recovery Month, acknowledged each September…

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17th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease is August 16 in Natchez

17th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease is August 16 in Natchez The Department of Mental Health is announcing the 17th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Psychiatric Disorders in Older…

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Public Notice for the Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) Waiver Amendment

The Division of Medicaid is re-posting the public notice for the Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) Waiver Amendment to correct a technical issue that occurred during the initial posting….

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Department of Mental Health Recognizes May as Mental Health Month

Department of Mental Health Recognizes May as Mental Health Month The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) is recognizing the month of May as National Mental Health Month,…

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DMH Services Reduced Due to Budget Cuts

DMH SERVICES REDUCED DUE TO BUDGET CUTS   May 10, 2016 – As a result of funding reductions in its Fiscal Year 2017 budget, the Mississippi Department of…

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DMH hosts IDD Day at the Capitol on April 6

DMH hosts IDD Day at the Capitol on April 6 The Mississippi Department of Mental Health is celebrating Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Awareness Month at the annual…

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2016 Legislative Session Information

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health has developed a series of brief white papers discussing topics expected to be raised during the 2016 Legislative Session. The papers can…

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DMH Announces Mississippi Prevention Alliance for Communities and Colleges

October 29, 2015 (Jackson, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Mental Health’s (DMH) Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services has received a five-year discretionary grant that aims to transform…

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Save the Date for the 9th Annual Mississippi School for Addiction Professionals

The 9th Annual Mississippi School for Addiction Professionals will be May 9 – 12, 2016 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, MS. WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Treatment…

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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…

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Paint It Purple! is September 18

RAISE AWARENESS OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE THROUGH Paint It Purple! SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH), Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi Chapter, and the UMMC MIND Center…

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Register now for the 18th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease

The Online Registration for the 18th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Psychiatric Disorders in Older Adults  is now live. This year’s conference is August 17-18, 2017 at the…

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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…

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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…

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