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March 2021
Betsy Lockey
Field Office

Betsy displays humility when working with youth and their families. She always puts the needs and desires of others before her own. Betsy has reached out to agencies to get clothes for one of her families. She arranged for items to be delivered to the family. She packed the clothes boxes and sorted them when she did not have to perform that task.

Betsy assisted her co-worker in implementing an awards system for youth that meet probation requirements/goals. Because of this system, we have seen children work harder academically and put effort into being better people. She worked with her co-worker to pitch this idea to Lamar County Court Staff, and it was a "thumbs up" experience. She is positive-minded and attempts to meet the needs of the families she helps. Betsy is an amazing asset, and we are lucky to have her on our team.

John Robinson
State Office

John Robinson is constantly demonstrating MDHS’s mission and values in his community and within MDHS. You can easily find him assisting an aging or disabled individual and their caregiver with Medicare concerns, educating professionals within the aging network about age-related programs offered by the agency, and being a good steward of public resources. He also connects with state and private entities providing them cardboard display boxes to share aging-related brochures and literature.

John is naturally a happy person, sometimes using humor and stories to connect with his services. He is well known for two quotes that he coined, which are often repeated by other staff within the Division of Aging and Adult Services “Many hands make light work” and “The SHIP is sailing without an anchor.” In other words, he believes in serving the public with a positive attitude. John, we appreciate your commitment and outstanding work.
Misty Nowell
County Office

Misty is known to be both a team player and a leader. She is always willing to help any employee in her office as well as going the extra mile to help her clients. She is incredibly knowledgeable and has an extensive understanding of policy and procedure. She is a fantastic asset to MDHS, and we are fortunate to have her to lean on for guidance.
Billy Brewer
State Office

Billy is dependable, resourceful, and honest. He makes sure to fulfill all of MDHS's telecommunication needs so they can be more efficient in providing services to the community that helps our clients live self-sufficient, productive lives. He exemplifies the spirit of MDHS. He doesn't operate just as a supervisor but as an employee with coworkers. He is professional, caring, dependable, trustworthy, and knowledgeable. Thank you, Billy, for your excellent service.
Eligibility Worker & Case Manager Day
For all your hard work and dedication, we celebrate YOU!!
Thank you ladies, you are truly appreciated.

 Left to right: Sharon Tompkins (EW), Trina Naylor (CM), Shacorey Williams (EW), Britericka Burks (EW), Renise Agee-Holt (EW), Celletta Thompson (CM)
Operation F.L.O.W.
(Fixing Leaks or Water breaks)
During the ice storm, James Davis, the Home and Community Based Service Coordinator, and volunteers created Operation F.L.O.W. This program assists older adults and persons with disabilities who have plumbing issues in their homes and do not have homeowner's insurance or cannot afford plumbing services. We also delivered drinking and non-drinking water to their homes.
The Division of Aging and Adult Services Celebrates National Nutrition Month
This year’s National Nutrition Month theme is Personalize Your Plate. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition and health. We are all unique with different bodies, goals, backgrounds and tastes! And a registered dietitian nutritionist can tailor a healthful eating plan that is as special as you are. Learn more about #NationalNutritionMonth: https://sm.eatright.org/NNMinfo
Transition to Community Referrals
The Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) has partnered with the Division of Medicaid (DOM) to facilitate Transition to Community Referrals (TCR). These are referrals made when an individual in a nursing home facility expresses the desire to move from a facility to community-based living. The goal is to provide needed supports through Medicaid waivers that will allow individuals to live as independently as possible in their own homes, with relatives, or with other caregivers.

As we live and navigate through the pandemic and the social restrictions that have accompanied efforts to fight the virus, society has become acutely aware of the need for social interaction and the negative impact of social isolation.

Residents in nursing facilities have been exposed to COVID-19 at a higher rate and have had more difficulty fighting the virus than many individuals. They have also endured the strictest social distancing policies. The TCR process is one way to help those individuals who can live in the community experience relief and re-connect with family and friends in a safe manner. This process is also in line with the Division of Aging and Adult Services vision for, “advancing the safe, healthy, and independent lifestyle of vulnerable and aging Mississippians.”
We Want to Give You a Chance to Shine!
We want to give you a chance to shine. If you have received an award or accolade, we want to hear about it. Please send your photo and a brief write-up of your achievement here at mdhs.communications@mdhs.ms.gov

We look forward to hearing from you!
Jessica Howell
20 Years
3/16/2021 
Morgan Evans
10 years
3/1/2021
Next month we're heading to Winston County!
Holmes County
Wilkinson County
Jerolyne Jackson
24 years
3/31/2021
Executive Director for MDHS says
changes helped the agency
The Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services hit the ground running to restore the trust of the agency with the public and employees. Over the last year, DHS has recovered almost three million dollars in taxpayer money.
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