Bureau of Mental Health Programs
Main Phone Number: 601-359-9545
Walter Sillers Bldg., 7th floor
Mental Health Services
The Bureau of Mental Health Programs is composed of two divisions. The Special Mental
Health Initiatives Division, with Bonlitha Windham as Division Director, administers
the Community Alternatives to Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities
and 1915(c) Waiver, or MYPAC (Mississippi Youth Programs Around-the-Clock). The
Mental Health Services Division, with Charlene Toten as Division Director, oversees
the following programs:
- Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities
Freestanding Psychiatric Facilities
- Psychiatric Units at General Hospitals
- In-Patient Detox
for Chemical Dependency
- Out-patient hospital services
- Community Mental Health Centers
- Psychiatry services by physician or nurse practitioner
- Mental Health Services by
Federally Qualified Health Centers
- Mental Health Services by Rural Health Clinics and
- Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review
- Intellectual Disabilities / Developmental Disabilities
The Bureau’s programs provide a way for people to get the mental health treatment
they need in a variety of settings, depending on age and conditions. Several of
our programs, however, are limited to children under age 21. Some services are not
covered, while others may require a specific diagnosis to be covered. Some of the
services require prior authorization for coverage.
Our Vision is a transformed
Community focused on individuals receiving quality, innovative, and cost-effective
mental health services.
We aim to accomplish our vision with the following Values:
We serve as the state’s change agent to improve mental health services through quality
assurance, timely response, proactive program development and improvement.
in a collaborative manner with federal and state agencies, providers and mental
We will be committed to each other as a team and to the people we serve.
We will treat others with respect.
We will continue to expand and to share our knowledge.
We will strive to increase and to demonstrate professionalism.
We will demonstrate loyalty to the team and the mission through our words and actions.