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February 9, 2022

The Ally: Reflecting on Black History Throughout The Year


As we did in 2021, we've had thoughtful discussions in February about Black History month and how to use it as an opportunity to grow and be challenged throughout the year. We hope the thoughts and resources shared by our staff and board members throughout the month will be meaningful to you. If you have a perspective you'd like to share, you can contact me at or 601-355-0915.

This week we're re-sharing Henry Moore's 2021 blog about cultural humility. The lessons seem just as timely and relevant in 2022 as they did in 2021 ... perhaps even more so. There is much to ponder. 

There are several upcoming events. I am touched and honored to be part of the Mississippi Recovery Advocacy Project's Virtual Town Hall on February 22 at 6 p.m. I hope you will join us. 

Supportive Coaching for Parents Supporting Other Parents is on February 9 at noon. Anyone supporting parents in any system is welcome to attend. If you supervise parents supporting other parents, please encourage them to be part of this group.  

The Joint Planning Council Meeting is on February 10 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CST. Federal law specifies the duties of the Joint Mental Health Planning Councils:

  • To review the Mental Health Block Grant Plan and to make recommendations;
  • To serve as an advocate for adults with serious mental illness, children with a serious emotional disturbance, and other individuals with mental illnesses; and
  • To monitor, review, and evaluate, not less than once each year, the allocation and adequacy of mental health services within the State.

Download the Agenda here >>
Download the Meeting Minutes from November 23 here >>

The Board of Mental Health Meeting is February 17 at 9:00 a.m. CST, and The Mississippi State Board of Education Meeting is February 17 at 10:00 a.m. CST.

Our Virtual: Bring Your IEP and Other School Questions is February 17 at noon CST. You don't need to register. Just drop in. All are welcome.  

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[Maya Angelou photo courtesy Brian Stansberry/Tennessee Technological University]


Henry Moore of Families as Allies writes about how Cultural Humility is a lifelong commitment to self-evaluation to improve relationships with people who have different backgrounds.
If your organization is looking for parent peer supporters, we encourage you to share Families as Allies’ parent peer support brochure.
Our legislative update for February 9, 2022 tracks legislation in Mississippi on topics related to mental healthcare and families.


Join the MS Parent Training Information Center and learn tips to help prepare for and have more productive IEP meetings.
Join other parents for a monthly meeting and online gathering to coach and support other parents in any system.
The Joint Planning and Advisory Council meeting will be held virtually Thu, Feb 10, 2022, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST).
Join the MS Parent Training Information Center and learn seven important steps in the Special education process.
This webinar will describe the early factors that influence a child’s risk and resilience for substance use and what parents need to know.
The Mississippi Board of Mental Health Meeting will be held on Feb. 17 at 9 AM. on Lamar St. in downtown Jackson.
The Mississippi State Board of Education meeting will be held on Feb. 17th. 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.
Join the MS Parent Training Information Center and learn how to have more productive IEP meetings and better outcomes for your child.
The 2022 Mississippi Trauma Informed Care Conference planning committee is seeking keynote presentations and breakout sessions.
Join community leaders at the Mississippi Recovery Virtual Town Hall Event Tuesday, February 22, at 6:00 PM.
Participants will explore a healthy lifestyle, create personal wellness goals and understand how to develop a plan to get and stay well.
Join the MS Parent Training Information Center and learn what you need to keep and tips on how to keep everything together.
This training is for parents, caregivers and staff members who are interested in learning to serve on decision-making groups and committees.


Recovery community organizations have transformed the way recovery is approached in the U.S. But they need more than grassroots fundraising like bake sales and GoFundMe campaigns to sustain the essential work they do.
In my family, addiction was treated with the same love and affection as if I had suffered from any other potentially fatal illness.

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