Central Office

The Central Office of the Department of Mental Health provides the overall statewide administrative functions for the programs and services that fall under the oversight of the agency. The Central Office is headed by the Executive Director with bureaus and divisions falling under the direction of the Executive Director, the Deputy Executive Director of Community Operations, the Deputy Executive Director of State Operated Programs, the Chief Financial Officer, or the Chief of Staff.

The Deputy Executive Director of Community Operations administers and monitors the delivery of community mental health and IDD services and supports. The Deputy Executive Director of Community Operations oversees the Chief Clinical Officer of Behavioral Health Services, the Chief Clinical Officer of Community IDD Services, and the Bureau of Certification and Quality Outcomes within the Central Office.

Behavioral Health Services is under the direction of the Chief Clinical Officer for Behavioral Health Services and is responsible for planning, development, and supervision of an array of services and supports for children/youth and adults in the state with serious emotional disturbance, serious mental illness and substance use disorders. The Bureau is comprised of two main areas, Community Mental Health Services and Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. The Bureau is responsible for the administration of state and federal funds utilized to develop, implement and expand a comprehensive continuum of services to assist people to live successfully at home and in the community. These services are provided by community mental health centers and other community service providers.

Community Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is under the direction of the Chief Clinical Officer of Community IDD Services and is responsible for planning, development, and supervision of an array of community services for people in the state with intellectual and developmental disabilities which includes the ID/DD Waiver Program and the IDD Community Support Program.  The ID/DD Waiver and Community Support Programs provide support to assist people to live successfully at home and in the community.  These services are provided by Community Mental Health Centers and other community service providers.

The Bureau of Certification and Quality Outcomes is responsible for maintaining the safe provision of high-quality services from qualified individuals in programs certified by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health.  The Bureau includes two divisions, The Division of Certification and the Division of Professional Licensure and Certification (PLACE).

The Deputy Executive Director of State Operated Programs oversees the agency’s state operated IDD programs and behavioral health programs. The Director is responsible for planning, development and supervision of an array of services for people in the state with mental illness and intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Department administers and operates state behavioral health programs and a specialized behavioral health program for youth. These programs serve designated counties or service areas and offer community living and/or community services. The Department also operates regional programs for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and a specialized program for adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Administrative functions of the Central Office include: the Bureau of Human Resources, which is responsible for employment and workforce development; the Office of General Counsel, which is responsible for all legal matters and oversees Incident Management; the Chief of Staff, who is responsible for the Division of Outreach and Training for outreach efforts, public awareness campaigns, statewide suicide prevention, and trainings, the Office of Communications and Planning, which is responsible for the DMH strategic plan, internal and external communications, and media relations, and the Branch of Coordinated Care, which is responsible for promoting the integration of the components of recovery and resiliency in practice and overseeing the DMH Helpline; and the Chief Financial Officer, which is responsible for the Division of Information Systems that oversees the agency’s hardware, software, and networking of computers and information technology needs, the Division of Accounting, which is responsible for accounting and finance services, and the Division of Audit/Grants, which oversees the use of grant funds, assesses quality of internal controls, and determines compliance with policies and procedures.