MSPHI has partnered with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health since 2018 to provide training and prevention services to combat the opioid crisis in Mississippi. Training is conducted for medical professionals, clinicians, families, and communities throughout the state. Topics for training include medication assisted treatment, screening for substance abuse, and innovative treatment practices. In addition, MSPHI is developing a cross agency plan and multi-agency data reporting system that will create a prevention, treatment and recovery resource for state agency planning and resource sharing.
This project has a special emphasis on pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorder. MSPHI contracts with a registered nurse to teach birthing, child development, parenting skills, and maternal health to pregnant and parenting women in substance use treatment facilities. MSPHI is working closely with other state entities to develop a directory of state resources to support the recovery efforts of these women.