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September 22, 2022

The Ally: Information to Support You With Your Child


Each week we share information with you to support you with your child and to let you know about opportunities to support all of our children.

This week, we share more information and resources about suicide awareness and prevention. We know it can be difficult to talk about suicide with our children, but those conversations are essential and can be life-saving for our children or other children they know. We encourage you to take some time to talk with your child about suicide.

From a policy perspective, we share information on upcoming hearings on early childhood and the needs of young families. No one knows the needs of those families better than the families themselves. We encourage you to give input into these hearings and attend them in person or virtually. The first one is on September 27.

We share more highlights from the most recent monitoring report from the U.S. vs. Mississippi mental health lawsuit and possible implications and opportunities for the children's system of care.

The Mississippi Autism Advisory Committee meets on September 27 at 10:00 a.m. CDT and our Leadership Coaching and Policy Discussion is on September 28 from noon to 1:00 p.m. CDT. Our Parent Peer Support Conversation for Anyone working with Parent Peer Supporters is on September 29 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. CDT. Please join us if you supervise or work closely with parent peer supporters.

Our Ninth Annual Families as Allies Community Partnership Celebration is November 7, and back in person at BRAVO! in Jackson! It's always a wonderful evening of fellowship and community. Please get your tickets and consider a sponsorship—your support helps families help their children.

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This week we highlight key findings from Dr. Hogan’s most recent Court Monitor report in the U.S. v. Mississippi mental health lawsuit.
This fall, the Mississippi Senate Study Group on Women, Children and Families will hold public hearings in the wake of the Roe v. Wade reversal.
This September, for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we invite you to T.A.L.K. More: Take Action with Love and Kindness. Recognize the power you have, and T.A.L.K. with youth and families around you!


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.
Learn about the work of the Family Voices Leadership in Family and Professional Partnerships program and how to access resources & offerings.
Come ready to stretch with instructors by Diamond Rodgers & Sol’Angela Taylor at Hinds Behavioral Health Services.
Enjoy games, food, giveaways, flu shots, and COVID vaccines at the Start Smart for Your Baby® Shower and Community Health Fair.
Learn the importance of disability self-awareness, how families can help youth with career planning, and strategies to navigate.
Join the MSPTI to learn what you can do as we discuss ways other family members are helping to stop school bullying.
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.
Join us for our Ninth Annual Community Partnership Celebration to honor this good work and make sure that it continues.



On your feet, participants! Join us as we step into NAMIWalks Your Way 2022, which promises to be our most meaningful event ever. It’s a new day for mental health and we will embrace it together on October 8.

You won’t want to miss it — a vibrant gathering where inspiration can shine on all of us.

As part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, President Biden and Vice President Harris worked with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to create the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides eligible households $30 per month off their internet bills. ACP-eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.