Better Mississippi
Monday, May 20th, 2019
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM: Breakout
MDHS is building a Better Mississippi through integrated assets of local, state, and the federal government augmented by community-based programs and corporate partners with a focus on education, career and technical training, economic support through workforce development programs, health and well-being, and social capital.
To achieve the results we seek for Mississippians to escape from the grips of poverty, adapting the way we serve is key. MDHS made internal and external changes with the help of our of family-focused community and faith-based partners to design a human services system which supports families through a holistic approach. By strategically delivering quality services and support, we can help those in need in areas where we could not before. Through this service model, Mississippians will experience a better quality of life than the previous generations and will leave their individual communities better for the next generation. Key components include:
• The gen+ Initiative (Generation Plus) - a multi-generational, collaborative approach which addresses barriers associated with poverty, considering the needs of parents and children together. Utilizing the gen+ system, clients are assessed and referred for needed resources/services within MDHS divisions and/or external partners. Families First for Mississippi (FFFM) is the primary community-based gen+ change entity.

• The Continuum of Services Model - a project which uses a 12-step strategic framework to provide integrated services from multiple programs to help families by braiding WIOA, TANF, and SNAP resources to provide comprehensive, wrap-around services that assist clients in pursuing career paths that increase up-ward mobility and economic security.

• The WIOA Combined State Plan and Referral Hub - a strategic plan through a consortium of Core and Strategic Partners to improve Mississippi's workforce through training/skill development, employment services, adult education, and vocational rehabilitation.

• The State Longitudinal Data System - Mississippi LifeTracks is an interoperable data system that securely and efficiently facilitates research and analysis and provides linkages between early childhood, K-12, postsecondary education, and the workforce enhancing the state's ability to link, match, and share education and workforce data leading to an enriched ability within the state to improve career-readiness outcomes and enhance success in the economy.
John Davis, Executive Director
MS Department of Human Services
Nancy New, Executive Director
Families First for Mississippi

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