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MSCDD is a federally mandated body of advocates appointed by the Governor to promote a better quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and their communities. Improvement in quality of life is accomplished through initiatives that promote advocacy, capacity building, and systems change. The current 25-member Council includes people with disabilities, parents, family member advocates, and required governmental representatives from public and private organizations. Membership reflects the diversity of the state.

MSCDD is funded by the U.S. Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The Mississippi Department of Mental Health serves as the Designated State Agency for administrative and fiscal support.

The MSCDD office is located on the 5th floor of the Robert E. Lee Building at 239 North Lamar Street in Jackson. Staff: Executive Director – Charles Hughes, Jr., Program Coordinator – Christy Ashley, Administrative Assistant – Comma McDuffey.

MSCDD Informational Flyer

MS Legislature
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All people with developmental disabilities should have the opportunity to be contributing members of their communities; to make real choices; to have confidence to strive; to have freedom to excel; to have supports to achieve individual goals; to influence policy; to determine services that affect their lives; and to recognize that they have the same rights, privileges, and power to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others.
Mississippi Community Resource Directory Self Advocacy Resources
Mississippi Employment Resources
Employing People With Disabilities
AAIDD - American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
APSE - Employment First, Employment For All!
NACDD - National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities
Administration for Community Living