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MH/IDD Joint Conference Registration is now available

The MH/IDD Council is pleased to announce registration for the 35th Annual MH/IDD Joint Conference is now live. This year’s conference is scheduled for October 24 – 26 at…

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Department of Mental Health FY18 Annual Report Now Available

The Department of Mental Health has released its Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report, covering activities of the agency from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. The report…

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DMH Releases FY18 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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Tropical Storm Gordon Update, 9/4/18

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) is preparing for the impact of Tropical Storm Gordon on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Four DMH programs are located in the…

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Registration now available for the 2018 Trauma Informed Care Conference

Registration is now available for the 2018 Trauma Informed Care Conference, scheduled for September 18 through September 21. To register, click on the following link: 2018 Trauma Conference Registration…

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Second Annual Suicide Prevention Symposium is September 17

Join DMH on September 17, 2018 at 1 p.m. for a showing of “Suicide: The Ripple Effect,” a feature length documentary film and movement, focusing on the devastating…

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2018 Mississippi Opioid and Heroin Drug Summit is July 12-13

BATTLING THE OPIOID CRISIS JULY 12-13, 2018 BROADMOOR BAPTIST CHURCH 1531 HIGHLAND COLONY PARKWAY, MADISON, MS CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY.  Education. Training. Collaboration. Saving Lives. These are the…

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DMH and Partners Announce ‘Think Again’ Campaign at Press Conference

Supporters gathered on the steps of the Mississippi Capitol on Tuesday, May 15 to hear a presentation from the Department of Mental Health, the State Department of Health,…

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DMH and Partners Announce Launch of ‘Think Again’ Campaign

In recognition of May as Mental Health Month, DMH is announcing a partnership with the Mississippi State Department of Health, NAMI Mississippi, the Mental Health Association of South…

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DMH and CMHCS to Offer Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

The Department of Mental Health and a number of Community Mental Health Centers are working together to offer Youth Mental Health First Aid training to educators from throughout…

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Registration Open for 2018 Behavioral Health Workforce Forum

March 2, 2018 (Jackson, Miss.) Registration is now open for the Workforce for the Future Mississippi Behavioral Health Workforce Forum that will be March 26, 2018 in Pearl…

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Gov. Bryant Proclaims March Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March 1, 2018 (Jackson, Miss.) The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) is joining thousands of people and organizations all across the country in celebrating the month of…

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DMH is Celebrating Mississippians with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Department of Mental Health and the Bureau of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (BIDD) Advisory Council, comprised of service providers and advocacy organizations, are launching an awareness campaign…

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Mississippi to Host 2018 Behavioral Health Workforce Forum

January 8, 2018 (Jackson, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Mental Health’s Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services is proud to announce that it has been selected to…

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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’s (DMH) consolidated budget includes all budget units under DMH. DMH is requesting restoration of the $3,116,446 (1.37%) LBR reduction in state support…

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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 Hospitalai??i??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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