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June 29, 2022

The Ally: Families Leading the Way


It was great to be back in person for leadership training this past Saturday. Thank you to all who participated for the enthusiasm and commitment you brought. I look forward to seeing the fantastic things you do with the dedication and passion you already have and the new skills and ideas you learned.

I also look forward to sharing with you—and I hope to hear from many of you—during our Families as Allies Live event on the 29th at noon. We want to share our latest news and thoughts on where to go next. But we want to hear from all of you, primarily as we think through how we can support every family in helping their children live and thrive at home, in school and in the community. We want to help make the promise of Olmstead a very real thing for very real families.

I'm sending a special shout-out—and thanks—to all of you who joined us in our conversation about supporting parent-peer supporters. I learned from you and think there are great things we can accomplish together.

Please join us for our Drop-In Family Support Time on July 7 at noon CDT and check out our Events below for more opportunities.

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Families as Allies is about ALL of us and we want to hear your ideas and feedback on how we can move forward together. Join us on Facebook or Youtube and you can be a part of the conversation.
This training is an 8-hour training developed by Family Voices National Center for Family Professional Partnerships.
Last week we shared with you the United States Department of Justice’s (USDOJ) statement commemorating the 23rd anniversary of the United States Supreme Court Olmstead decision.


Families as Allies is about ALL of us and we want to hear your ideas and feedback on how we can move forward together.
Join the MSPTI & explore a skills checklist to help parents and youth know where they stand on the journey to independent living.
Register for a 5K Run, Walk & Roll, or 1-Mile Fun Run in support of the Brain Injury Association of Mississippi & United Spinal Association.
NAMI Basics is a 6-session course for adult parents and caregivers of children formally or not yet diagnosed with a mental health condition.
Family members may drop in to share any concerns or get feedback from others about handling different situations.
The MSICC advises and assists the MSDH First Steps Early Intervention Program. Families and professionals are encouraged to attend.
Join other parents for a monthly meeting and online gathering to coach and support other parents in any system.
Mississippi’s State Agencies are required to post notices of regular meetings on the Mississippi Public Meeting Notices Website.
Join the MSPTI to learn about parental consent, when it will be necessary, and what happens if consent isn’t given.
The Peer Support Specialist Professional Supervisor Training is designed for agency administration/management and CPSSP Supervisors.
Join the MSPTI for part one in a series that will help you understand how to navigate the journey of IEP process.
Join the MSPTI and learn what you need to know and how to use the information as you advocate for your child.
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 Mississippi Developmental Disabilities Network is hosting community forums in the Jackson, Gulf Coast, and Southaven areas in August.


The federal government does not ban corporal punishment in schools and 19 states still allow it, leaving districts to decide whether to use it and how.

The Child Welfare League of America is updating the Standards of Excellence for child protection services and creating new standards for community-based prevention services. We invite you to help us make these Standards of Excellence as comprehensive and impactful as possible.

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) issued its 2022 determinations for States on their implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for Part B and Part C. The IDEA requires the Department to issue an annual determination, based on State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR), which evaluates the State’s efforts to implement the requirements and purposes of the IDEA, and describes how the State will improve its implementation.