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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 goals of the 2018 Mississippi Opioid and Heroin Summit – an opportunity for all of us to face the epidemic that touches our families, friends and loved […]

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, NAMI Mississippi, Mississippi Public Health Institute, and Mental Health Association of South Mississippi. In recognition of May as Mental Health Month, those agencies launched a public awareness campaign […]

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 Mississippi, and the Mississippi Public Health Institute. This partnership is launching an expanded public awareness campaign titled ai???Think Again,” a grassroots effort to raise awareness about mental […]

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 the state. If you are an educator, do you know to recognize the signs of mental illness in a young person? Would you know how to respond […]

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 at Hinds Community College’s Clyde Muse Center. The Mississippi Department of Mental Health’s Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services announced in January that it was selected to […]

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 March as Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. In recognition of this event, representatives of DMH, the Bureau of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (BIDD) Advisory Council and […]

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 in recognition of March as Intellectual and Developmental Disability Awareness Month. The campaign, titled “Celebrating Mississippians with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities,” is the first of its kind […]

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 join the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, in hosting a collegiate Workforce Forum. The combination of the […]

“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 wonderful time of the year. But not for everyone. The holiday season brings happiness and cheer for many, but for others, the shorter, darker days of the […]

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 1,587 young people in Fiscal Year 2017. The Department of Mental Health supports 14 Juvenile Outreach Programs (JOP) operated by Community Mental Health Centers throughout the state, […]

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 to address the opioid epidemic, during a press conference today at the Mississippi State Capitol. The campaign is the latest component of a comprehensive, multi-agency initiative to […]

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 funding. This includes general funds in the amount of $207,763,132 and healthcare funds in the amount of $18,951,886. DMH is also requesting level special fund spending authority […]

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 evaluators available to courts to perform jail-based services. Dr. Amanda Gugliano, Dr. Stephanie Howard, Dr. Reb McMichael, Dr. Thomas Recore and MSH Court Liaison Philip Gaines led […]

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 training was conducted by Chan Noether, director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrationai??i??s (SAMHSA) GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation and Joel […]

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 will allow expansion of the current System of Care (SOC) programs in two jurisdictions served by Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources and Weems Community Mental Health. Current […]

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 backgrounds. He was joined by not just representatives from the Department of Mental Health (DMH), but his wife, First Lady Deborah Bryant, who has worked with DMH […]

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 for all states by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, and will result in the transfer of a number of DMH employees to other community providers […]

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 Mississippi Association of Community Mental Health Centers on Aug. 9 to share information about two new programs impacting services statewide. MSH, the Department of Mental Health (DMH) […]

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 of opioid overdoses, to all sworn personnel of DPS. This effort was funded by the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant, as part of the […]

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 Mental Health and NAMI Mississippi. This is the first time in Mississippi that in addition to the Mental Health First Aid course, participants also received supplemental training […]