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September 15, 2022

The Ally: Good Things to Celebrate


There are so many good things to celebrate! 

Please join us this Friday at 1 p.m. to celebrate the most recent class of parent-peer supporters. This group is working hard in training this week and appears eager to share what they've learned and who they are with other parents on the same journey. Let's let them know they have a village of supporters behind them.

I am thrilled that our Community Partnership is back in person for the first time since 2019. Please join us at Bravo on November 7th from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Sponsorships are also available. There is much to celebrate: being back together, our partnerships and friendships and working together to create the services and supports our children need. Perhaps we will also be celebrating safe and clean drinking water by then.

As I read through the lawsuit updates in this week's Ally, I wondered if there was anything to celebrate in them. Perhaps there is. Dr. Michael Hogan's most recent monitoring report describes some progress. It also points to challenges within the public mental health system and across systems. People with mental illness still sit in jail while they wait for help, and families still say their loved ones cannot find the care they need.

But there are rays of hope and signs of progress, especially with peer support and some aspects of coordinated care. I hope those rays continue to shine brighter and reflect an ongoing commitment to a system that is responsive to and partners with all people it claims to serve. 

It will be interesting to see if these changes continue if the state wins its appeal in a few weeks. It will be sad if the changes stop because the rays of hope were simply a response to a lawsuit rather than a commitment to real people. Let's hope that the state acts in a way that gives us genuine cause for celebration instead.

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A judge has ruled that attorneys need to answer more questions about the Justice Dept request to interview mental health center employees.
Join us in honoring the most recent class of parent-peer supporters at our virtual graduation celebration this Friday from 1 to 1:30 p.m.
Join us for our Ninth Annual Community Partnership Celebration to honor this good work and ensure it continues.


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 in recognition of March as Intellectual and Developmental Disability Awareness Month.
This special education boot camp will provide you with the tools to understand the special education process.
This program is approved for one (1) general CEU credit through the MS Board of Examiners for Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapists.
Participate in up to 7 Keynotes and 26 Breakout Sessions that encourage new coping strategies and resiliency for service providers.
Explore a skills checklist to help parents and youth know where they are and info needed to work on in their journey to independent living.
Enjoy games, food, giveaways, flu shots, and COVID vaccines at the Start Smart for Your Baby® Shower and Community Health Fair.
The MAAC’s mission is “to study, make recommendations and develop a strategic plan on how best to educate and train students with ASD.
This group will focus on opportunities for leadership training graduates to serve on decision-making groups, provide coaching guidance.
This conversation is for anyone working with parents providing peer support to other parents in any system.


A new National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Teen Poll, conducted by Ipsos, found that teens who are struggling with their mental health are looking to their schools and parents for information and support.

Michael Hogan, a “special master” appointed to help craft and oversee changes in Mississippi’s mental-health system, exits the federal courthouse in Jackson, Miss., following a hearing on updates about the status of the lawsuit over mental health services in the state, Monday, July 12, 2021. Hogan reviewed his findings in court before U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, federal attorneys and attorneys for the state.

Our top 8 back-to-school tips for parents emphasize communication, organization, and staying up-to-date on special education news.