Legislative Updates


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2021 Legislative Session Updates

FY22 Budget Request

The Department of Mental Health has made its request for its Fiscal Year 2022 budget, which includes a total of $213,624,656 in general fund appropriations.

This request is $6,530,616 over the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) recommendation. Of that amount, $4,530,616 is requested to restore the JLBC’s recommended decrease from the current year’s appropriation. An additional $2 million is requested for the continued expansion of community-based services.

Of that $2 million request, $1 million will be designated for adult mental health community services, and $1 million will be designated for the expansion of the Medicaid ID/DD Home and Community Based Waiver.

The expansion of adult community-based mental health services will allow Mississippians to have access to the least restrictive and most appropriate level of services and supports that will meet their needs. The increase for the Medicaid ID/DD Home and Community Based Waiver will allow modest increases in the number of enrollees in the program.

Other examples of expanded community services from recent years include:

  • The development of Intensive Community Outreach and Recovery Teams
  • Additional Intensive Community Support Specialists employed at Community Mental Health Centers
  • Additional funding for Mobile Crisis Response Teams
  • Expansion of the Peer Bridger program that allows further connections between state hospitals and Community Mental Health Centers

Click Here for the DMH FY22 Budget Request