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Establishing a State FASD Coordinator in Mississippi. Trisha Hinson, M.Ed. FASD Coordinator MS Department of Mental Health 601.359.6291 [email protected] How did we start?. MS Department of Mental Health identified FASD as a critical issue FASD Town Meeting in 2003

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establishing a state fasd coordinator in mississippi

Establishing a State FASD Coordinator in Mississippi

Trisha Hinson, M.Ed.

FASD Coordinator

MS Department of Mental Health

601.359.6291

[email protected]

how did we start
How did we start?
  • MS Department of Mental Health identified FASD as a critical issue
  • FASD Town Meeting in 2003
  • Sent representatives to SAMHSA’s System of Care meeting on FAS
  • Director, MDMH Division of Children & Youth acquired State Coordinator designation
more early efforts
More early efforts…
  • Identified various Divisions within MDMH to develop plans for future
  • Began including FASD presentations in statewide conferences
  • First gathering of key providers that resulted in State FASD Task Force— September 2003
more early efforts1
More early efforts…
  • October 2003 – First Task Force meeting; organizational activities initiated
  • March 2004 – First MS FASD Symposium
  • April 2004 – Official designation of State FASD Coordinator by MDMH
more early efforts2
More early efforts…
  • In 2004, MDMH began to make limited funding available for community-based FASD projects
  • Applied for & received NGC contract in 2004
  • 2005 – hired first full-time FASD project director
ongoing efforts in mississippi
Ongoing efforts in Mississippi
  • State FASD Coordinator is now a permanent position with MDMH
  • MS AC-FASD permanently instituted with By-Laws
  • Developed a State FASD Plan to be implemented by MS AC-FASD
  • “Mainstreaming” FASD through the statewide System of Care
ongoing efforts in mississippi1
Ongoing efforts in Mississippi
  • Annual FASD Symposium permanently established
  • Incorporating A&D Prevention Services
  • Incorporating Early Intervention Services
  • FASD is now included in the MDMH State Plan
ongoing efforts in mississippi2
Ongoing efforts in Mississippi
  • FASD diagnostic center at University of MS Medical Center
  • FASD evaluation center at University of Southern Mississippi
  • State and regional FASD training
  • Participation in newly-established coalition to prevent underage drinking
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