News Releases

Board of Mental Health Names Leadership Roles for FY23

July 1, 2022 (Jackson, Miss.) – The Mississippi Board of Mental Health has named new leadership roles for the state fiscal year that began July 1, 2022. Dr. Sampat Shivangi of Ridgeland has been named Chair and Stewart Rutledge of Oxford has been named Vice Chair. Shivangi was first appointed to the Board in 2009 […]

Notice of final adoption for DMH MYPAC Rules

The public comment period for the proposed DMH Mississippi Youth Programs Around the Clock (MYPAC) rules expired at the close of business on January 10, 2022.  Public comment received was considered in the development of the final MYPAC rules. (Please refer to the link below for additional information.) With permission from the Mississippi State Board […]

DMH Releases FY21 Suicide Prevention Plan Progress Report

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) has released its FY21 Progress Report for the state’s Suicide Prevention Plan, a comprehensive document that lays out the goals and objectives the state is taking to fight death by suicide. The Suicide Prevention Plan includes three goals: Engage and empower Mississippians to help prevent suicide by increasing […]

DMH and MSDH Announce “Put Your Foot Down” Campaign to fight HIV/AIDS epidemic

June 9, 2021 – The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) have announced a new awareness campaign titled “Put Your Foot Down, Mississippi” to inspire Mississippians to join renewed efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Mississippi. Contrary to public perception, HIV/AIDS is still a problem in […]

DMH Receives Additional Federal Funding for Mental Health and Substance Use Services

April 7, 2021 (Jackson, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) has received additional one-time federal funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), totaling nearly $20.5 million in funding for mental health and substance use services. DMH has received $12,938,191 in funding for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment […]

Mississippi Joins Multi-State Effort with the Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide

April 6, 2021 (Jackson, Miss.) – Mississippi is pleased to be one of eight states accepted this year in the Governor’s Challenge to Prevention Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families. This initiative is a partnership between the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs […]

Mississippi Department of Mental Health Receives National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Grant

February 8, 2021 (Jackson, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) today announces it is receiving $125,000 in funding toward planning for the implementation of a new national three-digit dialing code, 988, for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The grant funds will be used to help Mississippi Lifeline call centers prepare for infrastructure […]

DMH Announces ‘Behind the Mask’ Campaign to Bring Services to More Mississippians During Pandemic

(Jackson, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) announced today a new awareness campaign titled “Behind the Mask” to promote mental health services for Mississippians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The statewide campaign will be customized at the local level for Community Mental Health Centers and DMH Certified Providers. As the world continues to experience the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, more individuals may find themselves experiencing increased stress. Fears about […]

FY20 Suicide Prevention Plan Progress Report Now Available

September 25, 2020 – DMH has released the FY20 update for the Mississippi Suicide Prevention Plan, providing a snapshot of the efforts taken to combat suicide in the state during the past fiscal year. The plan includes three goals: Engage and empower Mississippians to help prevent suicide by increasing awareness of suicide as a public […]

Fourth Annual Suicide Prevention Symposium is A Virtual Event on Sept. 29

September 10, 2020 (Jackson, Miss.) – During the September recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) is hosting its Fourth Annual Suicide Prevention Symposium. Scheduled for September 29, this year’s symposium will be a virtual event from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. with an overall topic of “Fitting Suicide […]

Healthcare Workers Feel Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic

Stress, anxiety, fear, and uncertainty – they are all strong emotions many people are experiencing during the pandemic that has been a part of our lives for months now. Doctors, nurses, lab technicians, and healthcare workers of all kinds may be responding to this illness and treating individuals who have tested positive with COVID-19, but […]

Virtual Support Encouraged for Recovery During Pandemic

April 21, 2020 (Jackson, MS) – The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is causing challenges throughout the healthcare industry, both for patients and providers, and the substance use and addiction treatment fields are no exception. Among the vulnerable populations the virus is known to have significant effects on are those individuals who smoke or vape, use opioids, […]

DMH Offers Youth Mental Health First Aid For Educators During Summer 2020

April 14, 2020 (Jackson, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Mental Health is making available free Youth Mental Health First Aid for parents, educators, families during the summer of 2020, offering the training at 11 cities throughout the state. Youth Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour training designed to teach professionals who regularly interact […]

DMH Shares Wellness Tips During Coronavirus Pandemic

March 23, 2020 (Jackson, Miss.) – The ongoing outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus is a challenging time for many, but the Mississippi Department of Mental Health is encouraging Mississippians to learn about how they can cope with the stress and anxiety that is a natural response to these difficulties. Fear, stress, and anxiety may be […]

DMH Programs Take Precautions Regarding COVID-19

March 20, 2020 (Jackson, MS) – Mississippi Department of Mental Health programs began limiting visitation last week as the first signs of COVID-19 began appearing in the state and will continue to do so in order to protect the health of the people served through our hospitals, nursing homes, regional facilities for people with intellectual […]

Regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health takes the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus seriously. Our mission is to support a better tomorrow in the lives of Mississippians, and that means protecting their physical health as well. To maintain the health and safety of all Mississippians, our DMH programs began limiting visitation as the first signs […]

DMH Draft Operational Standards 2020 Revision

The Department of Mental Health is offering for public comment a proposed draft of the 2020 Operational Standards For Mental Health, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Use Community Service Providers.  The proposed draft will be effective on April 1, 2020.  To offer feedback on these revisions, please email  Feedback will be accepted until October 11, […]