We encourage anyone interested in services for mental illness and substance-use disorders to attend the Mississippi Joint Planning and Advisory Council virtually or in person on February 9th from 10 a.m. to noon.
All fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and six Pacific jurisdictions receive Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) funds to provide community mental health services. The federal government distributes these funds to help adults with serious mental illnesses and children with severe emotional disturbances.
The federal government requires states to establish councils comprised of people who use services, their families and other interested people. Those councils help decide how to use these funds to help adults and children affected by mental illness and substance use disorders. The council gets feedback from the community to help make its decisions. Mississippi’s council meets this Thursday, February 9th, from 10 a.m. to noon at Mississippi State Hospital. You can attend the meeting in person or virtually. This is the link to join the meeting virtually.
These are the agenda items for Thursday’s meeting:
1. Welcome and Meeting Overview
Dr. Scott Willoughby, Council Co-Chair
Tiffany Tine, Council Co-Chair
Dr. Mallory Malkin, Chief Clinical Officer, Bureau of Behavior Health Services, DMH
2. Council Introductions
3. Department of Mental Health Budget Update
Kelly Breland, Bureau of Administration Director, DMH
4. Update from Court Monitor
Dr. Michael Hogan
Hogan Health Solutions
5. Update on Community Feedback Survey
Dr. Joy Hogge
6. Discussion of DMH Strategic Plan
Adam Moore, Director of Planning and Communications, DMH
7. Update on Council Bylaws by the Bylaws Committee
Dr. Joy Hogge
8. Wrap up/Proposed Future Topics