The Mississippi Department of Mental Health is committed to developing and maintaining a comprehensive, statewide system of prevention, service, and support options for adults and children with mental illness or emotional disturbance, alcohol/drug problems, and/or intellectual or developmental disabilities, as well as adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia.

The mental health service delivery system is comprised of three major components: 1) state-operated programs and community service programs, 2) regional community mental health centers, 3) and other nonprofit/profit service agencies/organizations.

DMH supports the philosophy of making available a comprehensive system of services and supports so that individuals and their families have access to the least restrictive and appropriate level of services and supports that will meet their needs. Our system is person-centered and is built on the strengths of individuals and their families while meeting their needs for special services. DMH strives to provide a network of services and supports for persons in need and the opportunity to access appropriate services according to their individual needs/strengths. Underlying these efforts is the belief that all components of the system should be person-driven, family-centered, community-based, results and recovery/resiliency oriented. A variety of community services and supports is available. Services and supports are provided to adults with mental illness, children and youth with serious emotional disturbance, children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities, persons with substance abuse problems, and persons with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Services are provided by DMH operated programs and DMH certified providers, depending on the program/provider and location.

The DMH Division of Certification is responsible for conducting Interested Provider Orientation for agencies interested in becoming a DMH Certified Provider and processing all submitted application.

If you are interested in learning more about the Department of Mental Health or locating services in your area please visit www.dmh.ms.gov

If you have questions or would like more information on applying to be a DMH Certified Provider please contact the DMH Division of Certification at 601-359-1288.