We shared with you last month how appreciative we are that Wendy Bailey, the executive director of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, approached Families as Allies about working together to reestablish the Interagency Coordinating Council for Children and Youth (ICCCY). The ICCCY is authorized in statute to oversee and coordinate Mississippi’s system of care for children’s mental health but has not met in several years.
The membership of the ICCCY consists of:
“(a) The State Superintendent of Public Education; (b) The Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health; (c) The Executive Director of the State Department of Health; (d) The Executive Director of the Department of Human Services; (e) The Executive Director of the Division of Medicaid, Office of the Governor; (f) The Executive Director of the State Department of Rehabilitation Services; (g) The Executive Director of Mississippi Families as Allies for Children’s Mental Health, Inc.; (h) The Attorney General; (i) A family member of a child or youth in the population named in this chapter designated by Mississippi Families as Allies; (j) A youth or young adult in the population named in this chapter designated by Mississippi Families as Allies; (k) A local MAP team coordinator designated by the Department of Mental Health; (l) A child psychiatrist experienced in the public mental health system designated by the Mississippi Psychiatric Association; (m) An individual with expertise and experience in early childhood education designated jointly by the Department of Mental Health and Mississippi Families as Allies (n) A representative of an organization that advocates on behalf of disabled citizens in Mississippi designated by the Department of Mental Health; and (o) A faculty member or dean from a Mississippi university specializing in training professionals who work in the Mississippi Statewide System of Care designated by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.”
Invitations have gone out to these members and we are working on scheduling logistics for the first meeting. We anticipate that the first meeting will take place within the next two or three months. All meetings will be open to the public and will include time for public comments.
We are eager to hear your thoughts on what you think the ICCCY most needs to focus on and the steps members should take to successfully work together. Please take a few minutes to respond to this survey about the ICCCY. Your responses are anonymous and will be used to help ensure the ICCCY focuses on the issues that are most important to children and families.
If you would like to learn more about the ICCCY, how it was established, and how it is meant to support Mississippi’s system of care for children’s mental health, please join us for our third in a series of five webinars on what a system of care is and does on March 19 at 10 AM.