SMRC: Director's Message
South Mississippi Regional Center has been a leader in the provision of services to hundreds of people with intellectual and related developmental disabilities since 1978. Our programs are licensed by the Department of Health as an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID) and certified by the Department of Mental Health’s Bureau of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. We operate from seven locations providing residential and community support services. The work we do would be impossible without the partnerships we depend on throughout our six county service area.
Our services are designed to support each person individually toward greater levels of independence. This is achieved through person-centered planning and partners actively engaged with the teams. Family members, volunteers, employees, and community providers are essential to our work. Our diverse workforce remains committed to providing the highest quality service. Our core values of Commitment, Respect, Responsibility, Communication, Cooperative Effort, and Continuous Learning continue to guide each of us to achieve success.
The Department of Mental Health’s strategic plan calls for a continued shift toward a community-based system of care. SMRC will remain focused on supporting this effort as we downsize our residential options and support people toward a community based provision of service. Our teams of professionals are highly experienced and dedicated to supporting each person we serve. As community service options expand, the options available to people living with an intellectual or related developmental disability have never been better. As the statewide mental health system evolves, the face of SMRC will change. I encourage you to prepare for this change and remain open-minded as we move forward together.
I am grateful for the opportunity to work with a diverse and talented group of employees and to serve the public in this capacity.
Lori V. Brown