Opportunity to Give Public Comments on the Department of Mental Health’s Proposed Operational Standards

Opportunity to Give Public Comments on the Department of Mental Health’s Proposed Operational Standards

The proposed revisions to the 2016 Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) Operational Standards are now available for public comment. You can view them on the MS Secretary of State’s website. To access the proposed revisions through the Secretary of State’s website:

  1. Go to: https://www.sos.ms.gov/Regulation-Enforcement/Pages/Administrative-Procedures.aspx
  2. Click “Search Administrative Bulletin”.
  3. Utilize the drop-down menu under “Agency Search” to go to Title 24: Mental Health
  4. Click on the “Search” button at the bottom of the box. The proposed revision to the 2016 DMH Operational Standards is system number 24903.

We created this shortcut to access the proposed standards. For the ease of identifying revisions, the DMH has included a mark-up copy (shows the proposed changes they made as well as what was originally there) and clean copy (does not show what was there before the change) of the Operational Standards in one document for your review.

Please direct comments in writing to Sandra Parks at sandra.parks@dmh.ms.gov.  Emailed comments do not have to be in a specific format. The public comment period will close on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Comments submitted after that time will not be considered.

Making public comments is a meaningful way to help systems become more responsive to our children. We encourage all of you to use this opportunity to give feedback to the Department of Mental Health about how the services it certifies can be as helpful as possible.

It is sometimes overwhelming to wade through a state agency’s standards. Reviewing the Table of Contents for the services that are most important to you is a good place to start.

Using the PDF search feature to review the standards is also helpful. For example, if you want to give feedback about family support, wraparound, MAP Teams or other supports that are important to your family, search the standards for those words to find the standards related to the feedback you want to give.

If you would like assistance in finding a specific service or standard in the document, you can call the DMH helpline at 1-877-210-8513. We are always happy to support you too. You can contact us at 601-355-0915 or info@faams.org.

Families as Allies will share with you any public comments we make on the standards.

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