Wright's Law - explains rights and procedures
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (Division of the U.S. Department of Education)
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act



American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry



National Federation of Families
Youth Move National
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
American Psychological Association
American Psychiatric Association
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
National Institute of Mental Health
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Olmstead (How the American with Disabilities Act applies to individuals with mental health challenges)



Mississippi Department of Mental Health -  Helpline (including concerns or complaints about services) 1-877-210-8513
Mississippi Department of Education - Parent Hotline: 1-877-544-0408.
Mississippi Department of Human Services - 1-800-345-6347
Division of Medicaid -  1-800-421-2408
Mississippi Department of Health -24-Hour Information 1-866-458-4948 
Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services -  800-443-1000


The ARC of Mississippi   The Arc of Mississippi was founded in 1961 and is an affiliate of The Arc of the United States, the world’s largest grassroots advocacy organization for citizens of all ages with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities, and their families. Phone number: 1-800-717-1180.

Children’s Defense Fund – Southern Regional Office (CDF-SRO)    CDF-SRO raises awareness about the condition of children, connects children and families to programs and services that help meet their needs, and works with partners statewide to coordinate broad support and form policy solutions for legislative action on behalf of Mississippi children.  Three priorities of CDF-SRO that are particularly relevant to our Families as Allies Partnership with them are: 1) Protect every child from abuse and neglect and connect them to caring permanent families; 2) Provide high quality early childhood care and development programs for all children; and 3) Stop the criminalization of children at increasingly younger ages and invest in prevention and early intervention. 
Phone number: 601-321 1966.

Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities   The Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities (MSCCD) is a coalition of organizations and individuals who have joined to advocate for and promote the full and equal participation of all Mississippians with disabilities in all aspects of life Phone number: 601.969.0601.

Disability Rights Mississippi (DRMS)   The mission of Disability Rights Mississippi is to promote, protect and advocate for the legal and human rights of all people with disabilities, and to assist them with full inclusion in home, community, education and employment. DRMS is the designated Protection and Advocacy entity for Mississippi and also can provide legal assistance with Exceptional Education issues.   Phone number: 800-772-4057.

Just Advocacy Mississippi (JAM)   Just Advocacy of Mississippi (JAM) is a voluntary organization that offers independent advocacy services, facilitated self-advocacy and resources for people with disabilities and families. We advocate for all people with disabilities regardless of the type of disability or the age of the person.  JAM provides email updates on national disability issues.
Phone number: 601.941.9388

LIFE (Living Independence for Everyone) of Mississippi   LIFE provides five core services of independent living to people with disabilities: Information and referral, peer support, advocacy, skills training and community transition.
Phone number: 1-800-748-9398.

Mississippi Center for Justice   The Center partners with national, regional and community organizations and volunteers to develop and implement campaigns that are creating better futures for low-wealth Mississippians and communities of color in the areas of educational opportunity, financial security, access to healthcare, affordable housing and community development.
Phone number: (601) 352-2269 

Mississippi Youth Justice Project - The Mississippi Youth Justice Project is working to break the cycle of juvenile incarceration by making juvenile justice and education systems more responsive to the needs of children, families and the communities in which they live. It seeks reform through public education, community organizing, litigation, legislative advocacy, training and technical assistance. Mississippi Youth Justice Project offers assistance with youth court and  alternative school issues.
Phone number: 601-948-8882.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Mississippi (NAMI MS)   NAMI MS was founded in 1989 by family members of individuals with serious mental illness. It is a non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to providing support, education and advocacy in Mississippi for individuals with mental illness and their family membersPlease visit the NAMI MS website to learn about the wide range of educational opportunities that are available. NAMI MS also provides services to adults living with mental illness and their families. Phone number: 1-800-357-0388.

Nollie Jenkins Family Center    The Mission of Nollie Jenkins Family Center is to advance the fundamental goal of empowering the citizens of the community by developing grassroots leaders and organizers through the building of strong community organizations as the essential means by which they are enabled to hold the political, educational, and environmental systems accountable to the needs and interests of the African-American community.  Nollie Jenkins Family Center offers assistance with school and special education issues in the Delta. Phone number1-662-834-0089.

Parent Training and Information Center  (PTI)   Information, resources, support and training that allows you to help your child meet his or her educational goals. PTI serves families of children with a wide range of disabilities, including autism and physical disabilities. PTI typically refers families of children with behavioral health challenges to Families as Allies.  We work very closely with PTI and strongly encourage you to visit the PTI website frequently and follow them on Facebook to receive up-to-date information about exceptional education and disability issues that affect childrenPhone number: 1-800-721-7255.

Parents for Public Schools

Parents United Together   For parents who have a child with a disability who receives special education to be empowered with information enabling them to make informed decisions.

Southern Echo

Youth Engagement Solutions   YESolutions operates from a change-oriented, values-driven, youth-adult partnership focus. We aim to bring youth and adults together to partner for positive change in the content areas of social marketing, evaluation, training/technical assistance and youth leadership development.



Families as Allies is funded through generous donations, training fees, grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration, the City of Jackson and the Department of Mental Health, and contracts with other non-profits and agencies.