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FASD in Review

Screening and Intervention Programs

Mississippi Department of Mental Health-Division of Children and Youth

Intervention Type

FASD Diagnosis and Intervention Subcontractors
(State)

Project Contact Information

Mississippi Department of Mental Health-Division of Children and Youth
Trisha Hinson, M.Ed., FASD State Coordinator/Project Director
1101 Robert E. Lee Building, 239 North Lamar Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone: 601-359-6291
Fax: 601-576-4040
E-mail: trisha.hinson@dmh.state.ms.us

Project Summary Statement

The major goal of this initiative is to improve the functioning and quality of life of children and youth and their families by diagnosing those with an FASD and providing interventions based on the diagnosis. The target population to be screened for FASD is children up to seven years of age who are admitted for services by one of the 15 Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) in Mississippi. The service delivery system for this initiative is being incorporated into the statewide MAP Team structure in Mississippi.

There are currently 39 MAP Teams operating in the state serving all 82 counties as a functional component of each of the 15 CMHCs. MAP Teams exist to serve children and youth with serious emotional/behavioral disorders (SED) who are at risk of an inappropriate institutional placement, who are returning to a primary caregiver in the community from an inpatient acute psychiatric hospital or psychiatric residential treatment facility, or who are younger children up to age 7 who have been identified as being most at risk of SED. Through this statewide system of care, we will integrate identification, diagnosis and treatment of children ages birth to 7 with FASD.