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Special Mental Health Initiatives

The Special Mental Health Initiatives division oversees the following programs:

  • Autism pilot program
  • Federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics
  • In-patient detox for chemical dependency
  • Intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities
  • Mississippi Youth Programs Around the Clock (MYPAC)
  • Psychiatric services by physician or nurse practitioner

Autism Pilot Program

The Autism Pilot Program is a time-limited pilot program for children 18 months old through 8 years old, and is provided with funding available through the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP). The Autism Pilot Program uses evidence based practices to meet the individualized needs of the children in this program. This pilot program will operate through September 2015.

Federally Qualified Health Center and Rural Health Clinics

Federally Qualified Health Center and Rural Health Clinics provide mental health services in the community, but are based on visits. Each person is allowed a medical visit and a separate mental health visit. All visits count against the service limits for adults. Children under the age of 21 may receive more visits, if medically necessary, with prior authorization.

Inpatient Detox for Chemical Dependency

Inpatient Detox for Chemical Dependency is limited to detoxification. Medicaid does not cover alcohol and drug treatment; however, with a primary mental health diagnosis, the rules for psychiatric units apply.

Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities Waiver

The ID/DD Waiver provides services to individuals who, but for the provision of home and community-based services, would require placement in an Intermediate Care Facility for the Intellectually Disabled (ICF/ID). The ID/DD waiver is administered by the Department of Mental Health, Bureau of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Click on the link below to learn more about Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities Waiver.

Psychiatry Services by Physician or Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatry Services by Physician or Nurse Practitioner are limited to 12 visits per fiscal year, which do not affect the 12 physician office visits for medical issues. Children under the age of 21 may receive more visits, if medically necessary, with prior authorization.

Mississippi Youth Programs Around the Clock (MYPAC)

Mississippi Youth Programs Around the Clock (MYPAC) is a home and community- based Medicaid program for children and youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED), that follows the High Fidelity Wraparound process. MYPAC provides an array of services, as an alternative to traditional Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTF).  Wraparound is an all-inclusive planning process that is youth-guided and family-driven. This process is based on a strength-based philosophy of care that brings community services and natural supports together from various parts of the youth and family’s life. The all-inclusive planning process is a way to help children and youth with complex mental health needs, and their families, achieve their hopes and dreams.  Parents and/or guardians are much more involved with the planning and implementation of the services provided for their child while in MYPAC. The three providers of MYPAC services are: Mississippi Children’s Home Services, Pine Belt, Youth Villages, Catholic Charities, Millcreek and Brentwood Behavioral Healthcare. Youth may be eligible for the MYPAC program if:

  • They meet the clinical criteria for PRTF admission.
  • They are under age 21.
  • They meet the financial criteria for Medicaid.