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June 8, 2022

The Ally: Facing Opportunites and Challenges Together


We often face opportunities and challenges in life—and plenty of situations that can be both. This week we continue to share more information on framing conversations about mental health and violence. We encourage everyone to approach these conversations with great care and compassion.

We also share information about an exciting Blueprint for Children with Special Health Care Needs that includes children with mental health challenges. And we've highlighted content about the relationship between positive mental health and how we respond to LGBTQ youth.

We are incredibly excited to congratulate our recent parent peer support graduates publicly! The next Parent Peer Support Training is from July 18 to July 22, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT. June 20 is the registration deadline. 

Our Supportive Coaching for Parents Supporting Other Parents is June 8 at noon CDT. There's still time to sign up for the 2022 Mississippi disAbility MegaConference on June 16 and 17, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CDT.

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Introducing the Blueprint for Change: A National Framework for a System of Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs.
For many, according to, Prime Month can offer both mental health challenges and opportunities for LGBTQIA+ people.
We congratulate our parent peer support graduates as they use their lived experience and learned skills to support other parents.
The Facts on Mental Illness and Mass Shootings, published by is a well-researched, politically neutral article on the subject.


Join other parents for a monthly meeting and online gathering to coach and support other parents in any system.
Policy experts give key legislative updates and raise awareness on critical issues surrounding mental health and substance use treatment.
The event takes place over two days – June 10th and 11th from 9:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Participants can attend any sessions they choose.
Sessions will enhance students’ ability to assess real-life situations and learn to make positive choices.
Presenters, sponsors, and exhibitors will share information and innovations at Mississippi’s largest cross-disability conference.
The Mississippi State Board of Education meeting will be held on June 19th. Participants may attend live or view the meeting via live stream.
This hour is open for any family member to drop in for all or some of the time to ask questions or get feedback about IEP issues.
The BIDD has launched an awareness campaign recognizing March as Intellectual and Developmental Disability Awareness Month.
WRAP® is a wellness and recovery approach that helps people decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviors.
The MAAC’s mission is “to study, make recommendations and develop a strategic plan on how best to educate and train students with ASD.


In February 2022, Abbott initiated a voluntary recall of powdered formulas including Similac, Alimentum, Elecare, and Similac PM 60/40 manufactured in Sturgis, Michigan. This recall has caused a domino effect leading to the nationwide shortage of formulas manufactured by other infant formula companies. This shortge includes standard formulas issued by the Mississippi WIC Program, such as Enfamil Infant, Enfamil Gentlease, Enfamil A.R., and Enfamil ProSobee.
Psychologists are helping pediatricians diagnose and manage patients’ mental health problems.