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 Behavioral Health Services, the Deputy Executive Director of IDD Services, the Chief of Staff, or the Chief Financial Officer.

The Deputy Executive Director of Behavioral Health Services administers and monitors the delivery of mental health services at state-operated behavioral health programs and at certified community providers. 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 Deputy Executive Director of Behavioral Health Services oversees the Chief Clinical Officer of Behavioral Health 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 the Director of the Bureau of 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 includes the Division of Adult Mental Health Services, Division of Children and Youth Services, Division of Peer Support, Division of Treatment, and Division of Prevention 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.

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 the Division of Certification and the Office of Utilization Review.

The Deputy Executive Director of IDD Services oversees the agency’s state-operated regional IDD programs and community-based IDD services and supports. The Department operates regional programs for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and a specialized program for adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These programs serve designated counties or service areas and provide residential services, as well as licensed homes for community living. The Deputy Executive Director of IDD Services also oversees the Chief Clinical Officer of Community IDD Services.

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 Division of ID/DD Waiver Program and the Division of 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.

Administrative functions of the Central Office include: the Bureau of Human Resources, which is responsible for employment and workforce development, including the Division of Professional Licensure and Certification (PLACE); the Office of General Counsel, which is responsible for all legal matters and oversees the Office of 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 the resolution of grievances/complaints, mobile crisis response services, and overseeing the DMH Helpline; and the Chief Financial Officer, who 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.