Mississippi: Health & Disability Programs

Mississippi Department of Health’s Children’s Medical Program

The Children’s Medical Program provides medical and surgical care to state residents up to 20 years of age with chronic or disabling conditions by organizing care, providing equipment and drugs, and arranging for physical, occupational and other therapies.  Services include:  pediatric specialty care (outpatient and inpatient), braces and other durable medical equipment, some drugs through the State Public Health Pharmacy, dental corrections and in some cases speech therapy, genetic screening referral and follow-up, pediatric social workers for evaluation and referral to other community resources, and nutrition services.

570 East Woodrow Wilson Drive
Jackson, MS 39216

toll-free 1-800-844-0898

In Jackson, call (601) 987-3965.



Mississippi Department of Health’s (MSDH) Office of Preventive Health’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program “Motivated to Live a Better Life”

The MSDH provides this six-week self-management program to people living with a chronic condition including arthritis, asthma, cancer, diabetes, depression, heart disease, and hypertension. Family members, friends, or caregivers are also invited to attend.  The workshop is designed to teach coping strategies and ways to manage one’s health by setting realistic goals, working with the healthcare provider, finding ways to make daily tasks easier, and stress management.

570 East Woodrow Wilson Drive
Jackson, MS 39216

(601) 576-7781


Mississippi Department of Human Services’ Division of Aging and Adult Services

This division delivers the following services to adults ages 60 and older:  transportation, information and referral, nutrition, legal assistance, Mississippi Medicare Assistance Patrol Project which increases public awareness on potential health care error and abuse in the Medicare system, and Senior Community Service Employment Program which provides employment opportunities for older people in need.  Services for the frail elderly include case management, in-home services, adult day care, and the Ombudsman Program.

750 North State Street

Jackson, MS 39202
(601) 359-4929

Toll-free (800) 948-3090


Mississippi Department of Mental Health’s Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services

This bureau is in charge of developing, maintaining, monitoring, and evaluating alcohol and drug abuse services, including prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. The Bureau provides assessment services for people with multiple DUI offenses indicating the most suitable form of treatment, as well as technical assistance to state agencies and other interested organizations on implementing Employee Assistance Programs.

1101 Robert E. Lee Building
239 North Lamar Street
Jackson, MS 39201
(601) 359-1288
Toll-Free Help Line:  1-877-210-8513


Mississippi Department of Mental Health’s Bureau of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The Mississippi Department of Mental Health is responsible for developing and implementing services to meet the needs of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities through state-operated comprehensive regional centers, a state- operated facility for youth requiring specialized treatment, regional community mental health/mental retardation centers, and other non-profit community agencies/organizations providing community services.  Adult services include residential services, a home- and community-based waiver program, and community services.  Children services include residential services, early intervention services, a home- and community-based waiver program, and community services.

239 North Lamar Street, Suite 1101
Jackson, MS 39201
(601) 359-1288


Mississippi Department of Mental Health’s Bureau of Mental Health

The Bureau of Mental Health administers services at four state psychiatric facilities, a specialized treatment facility for youth, and the Central Mississippi Residential Center.

1101 Robert E. Lee Building
239 North Lamar Street
Jackson, MS 39201
(601) 359-1288
Toll-Free Help Line:  1-877-210-8513



Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Office on Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH)

ODHH is mandated with: improving interpreter services in Mississippi by increasing the number and certification level of interpreters and maintaining a list of qualified interpreters, providing community outreach and education on deaf and hard of hearing people, encouraging and conducting research on issues related to deaf and hard of hearing people,  providing information and advice to the Mississippi Legislature on deaf-related issues, working with public and private organizations, and collecting and maintaining information related to deafness.

3895 Beasley Road

Jackson, MS 39213
(601) 898-7052



Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)

OVR provides services to help eligible people overcome limitations arising due to physical and/or mental disabilities while maximizing their potential for employment. Available services include assessment for vocational rehabilitation services, assistive technology, counseling and guidance, educational assistance, interpreter and reader services, job training and placement, personal and work adjustment, prosthetic and orthotic devices, transition services, and vocational evaluation.

1281 Highway 51
Madison, MS 39110

Toll-free (800) 443-1000



Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Office of Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind/Independent Living Services Program

OVRB/Independent Living Services Program and the Older Blind Program provide services to help people who are legally blind in adjusting to their blindness by becoming more able to care for their specific needs.  Some of the services provided are:  recommendations and/or provision of aids and appliances, referral to other agencies and services, functional low vision assessments, independent living skills training, peer support groups, center based training, other services to help a person who is blind in coping with daily living activities, and orientation and mobility training.

207 Industrial Park Road
P. O. Box 824
Starkville, MS 39760
(662) 320-6656


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