The Clarion Ledger recently asked the court to make public the mental health assessment done by the Technical Assistance Collaborative. Southern Poverty Law Center was involved in the Troupe v. Barbour litigation, and the subsequent failed negotiations for a settlement. Today, they filed their response to the Clarion Ledger's motion, saying that:
On August 11, 2016, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a claim against the state of Mississippi "alleging that it violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA) by failing to provide adults with mental illness with necessary integrated, community-based mental health services."
The DOJ had already conducted an investigation in December of 2011, which found that the state unnecessarily institutionalizes adults and children with disabilities and fails to ensure that they have access to necessary services and supports in the community.
While the suit acknowledges that the state recognizes its failures, it says that the state has not yet implemented the required reforms.
If you would like to read the DOJ press release, click here.
It was great to join other family leaders from the Family Run Executive Director's Leadership Association FREDLA) to meet with the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Kana Enomoto (via phone) and Larke Huang, advisor to Kana on children's mental health issues, to discuss the critical role of family-run organizations in systems of care for children's mental health. The focus of the discussion was on the following points: a) Using SAMHSA's influential role in promoting and supporting family-run organizations in the states, b) Increasing the number of statewide family network grants and, c) Changing the language of "Serious Emotionally Disturbed" to less stigmatizing language.
Please take a minute to learn more about FREDLA and its vital work here.
This year Families as Allies was a proud sponsor of the DisABILITY MegaConference. Our own Nikki Flippins' presentation on how families can be a partner in their children's care was well received.Read more
Join us in a round of applause for our board member and newly elected board president, Carlyn Hicks. Hicks, a 2010 graduate of Mississippi College School of Law, was recently appointed chair to the Child Welfare and Child Advocacy Committee of the Mississippi Bar.Read more
On June 8th, 2016, I was invited to testify by the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus. Dr. Mary Currier from the Department of Health and Diana Mikula of the Department of Mental Health were also invited to testify at the caucus' hearing on the budget cuts for those departments. The DMH budget information presented was incomplete; it did not address the existing public health crisis or the pending and impending litigation we face. These were my remarks and testimony.Read more
The Mississippi disAbility MegaConference is the state's largest conference for people with disabilities, their families, and professionals. At the conference, speakers and vendors will share the latest information and innovations on many topics such as healthcare, education, employment, mental health, safety, and much more!
We are a co-sponsor of the third annual MCHS Mental Health Summit 2016, entitled Promoting Resilience in Children, will take next Friday, May 6th, from 7am to 4pm at the Hilton-Jackson. Please plan on stopping by our booth if you attend.
ART + DOGS + MUSIC + COMMUNITY AT FONDREN FIRST THURSDAY
Once again this year we will be sponsoring May is Mental Health month at Fondren First Thursday. We will be inside the Fondren Corner Building with 15 of our partner organizations, with lots of fun activities for kids and information for parents and caregivers. Stop by to say hello as you enjoy the evening.Read more
FAMILIES AS ALLIES SPOTLIGHTED IN THE AUGUST ISSUE OF PORTICO MAGAZINE