News Releases

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 p.m. DMH employees, advocates, and others will be in the Capitol rotunda to share information about mental illness and mental health services available through the state’s public […]

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 a $647,461 federal grant aimed at reducing recidivism by addressing untreated co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders in offenders under community supervision. The Department of Mental […]

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 to prevent the loss of lives by suicide in Mississippi. Though the agency and its partners in the community have worked for years at suicide prevention efforts […]

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. 20-22 at the Jackson Convention Complex, “Weathering the Storm” brings together survivors, family members, and mental health service providers with a goal of building additional skills and […]

Department of Mental Health Recognizes Recovery Month

September 12, 2016 (Jackson, Miss.) – The Department of Mental Health is joining thousands of others across the country in recognition of National Recovery Month, acknowledged each September as a reminder that people can and do recover from mental illness.  The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) has promoted the concept of recovery through its […]

17th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease is August 16 in Natchez

17th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease is August 16 in Natchez The Department of Mental Health is announcing the 17th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Psychiatric Disorders in Older Adults, scheduled for August 17-19 in Natchez. The purpose of the 17th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Psychiatric Disorders in Older Adults is to inform, educate […]

Public Notice for the Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) Waiver Amendment

The Division of Medicaid is re-posting the public notice for the Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) Waiver Amendment to correct a technical issue that occurred during the initial posting. The Division of Medicaid has not made substantive changes to the public notice regarding the ID/DD Waiver Amendment. Please click here to be directed to the Division […]

Department of Mental Health Recognizes May as Mental Health Month

Department of Mental Health Recognizes May as Mental Health Month The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) is recognizing the month of May as National Mental Health Month, a time to reinforce and share its mission of supporting a better tomorrow by making a difference in the lives of all Mississippians with behavioral health or […]

DMH Services Reduced Due to Budget Cuts

DMH SERVICES REDUCED DUE TO BUDGET CUTS   May 10, 2016 – As a result of funding reductions in its Fiscal Year 2017 budget, the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) will be implementing a reduction in force and a reduction of services.  DMH operates 12 programs throughout the state that provide services to people […]

DMH hosts IDD Day at the Capitol on April 6

DMH hosts IDD Day at the Capitol on April 6 The Mississippi Department of Mental Health is celebrating Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Awareness Month at the annual IDD “Day at the Capitol” on April 6, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the State Capitol. The goal of the event is to increase […]

2016 Legislative Session Information

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health has developed a series of brief white papers discussing topics expected to be raised during the 2016 Legislative Session. The papers can be read through the links below: Community Expansion Funds Direct Care Series Realignment East Mississippi State Hospital Receiving Unit Mississippi State Hospital Forensic Services Medication Assisted Treatment

DMH Announces Mississippi Prevention Alliance for Communities and Colleges

October 29, 2015 (Jackson, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Mental Health’s (DMH) Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services has received a five-year discretionary grant that aims to transform Mississippi’s prevention system and prevent underage drinking and prescription drug use. The Mississippi Prevention Alliance for Communities and Colleges (mPACC) aims to increase awareness of the consequences […]

Save the Date for the 9th Annual Mississippi School for Addiction Professionals

The 9th Annual Mississippi School for Addiction Professionals will be May 9 – 12, 2016 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, MS. WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Treatment Professionals & Service Providers, Educators, Nurses, Social Workers, Prevention Professionals, Law Enforcement, MH Therapists, Parents, Public Health Professionals, Peer Support, Specialists, Students, and Concerned Citizens should consider attending. […]

Department of Mental Health Recognizes National Recovery Month

Department of Mental Health Recognizes National Recovery Month  (Jackson, Miss.) – The Department of Mental Health is joining thousands of others across the country in recognizing September as National Recovery Month, a reminder that people can and do recover from mental illness. The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) has embraced the concept of recovery […]

Paint It Purple! is September 18

RAISE AWARENESS OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE THROUGH Paint It Purple! SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH), Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi Chapter, and the UMMC MIND Center  have partnered together to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease through a statewide Paint It Purple! promotion to be held on Friday, September 18th in honor of Alzheimer’s […]

Register now for the 18th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease

The Online Registration for the 18th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Psychiatric Disorders in Older Adults  is now live. This year’s conference is August 17-18, 2017 at the Natchez Convention Center. The purpose of the 18th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Psychiatric Disorders in Older Adults is to inform, educate and train all who […]

Progress Update on Mississippi Public Mental Health System

Below is a document the Department of Mental Health has developed to provide an overview of Mississippi’s Public Mental Health System and the efforts made by the department in its expansion of community-based services and the transformation to a person-centered and recovery-oriented system of care. Progress Update on Mississippi’s Public Mental Health System  – This […]

The Wonder of Knowing: Weathering the Storm of Dementia

The Wonder of Knowing: Weathering the Storm of Dementia workshop is January 22, 2015 in Amory, MS. It has been approved for 3 SWK hours and for several DMH credentials. This is a free workshop. Please see the below attached file for registration information. The Wonder of Knowing Registration info

Mississippi Expands Program of Assertive Community Treatment Teams

In an effort to continue to expand community-based services, the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) is under way with the development of four additional Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) Teams.  The new teams will be operating in Mississippi’s Gulf Coast region, the Hattiesburg region, DeSoto County and to the Jackson Metro area. Pine […]

Technical Assistance Collaborative Releases Supportive Housing Strategy Report

Several state agencies have a role in providing housing and support services for individuals with disabilities and life challenges in Mississippi. The State has lacked a coordinated approach and infrastructure to address the needs of these individuals. The Mississippi Department of Mental Health retained the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) to assist in developing a statewide […]