We hope to see ALL of you at the Mississippi Joint Planning and Advisory Council on November 2, 2023, from 10 a.m. to noon at Hudspeth Regional Center in the Chastain Auditorium. This meeting is an excellent opportunity to learn more about substance use and mental health services in the state and make your voice heard about what you think would most help people. The meeting is in person.
The council comprises people who use mental health and substance use services, their families, community members and people who work in mental health and related systems and agencies across the state. Federal law mandates that every state has a council. The council’s duties are to assess unmet mental health and substance use treatment needs and advise the state mental health system on using its federal block grant funds to meet these needs. Here is more information about the council’s most recent needs assessment.
At this meeting, you will learn more about 988 crisis services in the state, what Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics are, and how you can be involved in planning for them in Mississippi. You can also learn ways to become involved in the council and join committees working on membership and a plan to ensure everyone gets to review and give input into how the state spends its block grant funds. The Mississippi Joint Planning and Advisory Council offers many opportunities to provide input and where every voice and perspective is valued.
Please come out on Thursday, November 2, and participate in the meeting. We want to get to know you and hear your ideas. We strongly encourage in-person attendance, but there is also a virtual option if you can’t make it in person. All meetings include time for public comments and announcements.