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Mississippi disability benefit programs.

Residents with a disability in Mississippi have several other government resources and assistance programs available to them for their sometimes unique needs. Caregivers and their immediate family members may also be able to access these resources. Any aid offered to them will be above and beyond the standard public assistance programs that are available for low income families.

Mississippi and the staff at these organization work with the disabled to ensure that they have all the benefits and assistance they need. More details are below, but some of what may be available includes medical care, food, vocational / job training, and even help in applying for SSDI or SSI benefits.

The Children’s Medical Program provides health care to residents age 20 and younger. The Mississippi Department of Health will provide assistance including equipment, organize care for patients, provide prescription drugs and other medical care for the disabled under that age. The state will also coordinate occupational and physical services. Some of the specific resources from the medical program are below.

  • There is specialty care offered for both outpatient and inpatient needs.
  • Free prescription drugs through the State of Mississippi Public Health Pharmacy.
  • Durable medical equipment or braces.
  • Genetic screening referral and follow-up.
  • Nutrition needs can be met.
  • Dental benefits are also for the disabled and coordinated by the Children’s Medical Program.
  • The state may offer referrals to community services.

The Department of Health Children's Medical Program also provides free medical care to children with a disability. Referrals are another very valuable service offered. The location is 570 East Woodrow Wilson Drive, Jackson, MS 39216. Call 1-800-844-0898.

Department of Human Services administers many of the public aid programs. These will be for very low income families, and also support the disabled. These will also have limited amounts of financial aid for bills and basic needs.

  • Receive assistance in the form of SNAP food stamps and vouchers for groceries. The Emergency food assistance program (TEFAP) is an option too.




  • The disabled also get priority when it comes to LIHEAP utility bill assistance.
  • Child care vouchers are also disbursed in Mississippi.
  • Low income housing, including rental subsidies.
  • Other financial aid is offered as well. Human Services can be reached at 1-800-345-6347.

The MSDH - Mississippi Department of Health’s Chronic Disease Self-Management is for people living with a chronic health condition. They can get help with disability conditions such as asthma, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, depression, heart disease, and hypertension. Support is for the patient as well as their family members or caretakers.

Participants can benefit from the program by setting goals, finding ways to make daily tasks easier, working with the healthcare provider, and other activities such as stress management. Call (601) 576-7781.

Residents with a disability may be able to get some help from the Mississippi Department of Human Services’ Division of Aging and Adult Services Unit. However the main focus of the agency is on helping residents age 60 and older.

Some of what may be offered includes information and referral, transportation, legal aid, home delivered meals and more. There may also be some adult day care or in-home services for the disabled. There is also some support for caregivers as well. Receive information and referrals to assistance programs and services, even including respite care. The phone number of this agency is (800) 948-3090.

Mississippi Department of Mental Health’s Bureau of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities operates from a number of state-operated, comprehensive regional centers. The agency is fully responsible for implementing and developing social services to meet the needs of people with developmental or intellectual disabilities.

Some of the resources that are part of this bureau include a state-operated facility for youth requiring specialized treatment; regional centers, non-profit community agencies, and also a regional community mental health/mental retardation center.

Qualified residents with a disability can access residential services, a home- and community-based waiver program, and a wide variety of other community services. Children services include early intervention, home care, and more. (601) 359-1288.




Job programs for the disabled are part of the Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, or OVR. This program will assist eligible people and help them overcome limitations arising due to mental or physical disabilities. The overall objective is to maximize their potential for employment.

Clients of the vocational services can benefit from an assessment for rehabilitation services, counseling and guidance, assistive technology, educational assistance, interpreter and reader services, job training and placement, prosthetic and orthotic devices, transition services, personal and work adjustment and vocational evaluation.

The agency, known as MDRS, will provide comprehensive and appropriate services to Mississippians with disabilities in an effective and timely manner. Various assistance programs and social services assist individuals with disabilities to gain and keep employment, and to also help them live more independently.

Other programs from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) include Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Supported Employment, Transition Services, and other help from statewide rehabilitation centers (AbilityWorks) located throughout the state. These centers and groups that are part of VR provide vocational assessment, work experience, and job training for individuals with disabilities.

There is also the similar resources from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind (VRB). This particular group specializes in working with the disabled that are blind or that have low vision. Clients can work with a job counselor on exploring opportunities for inclusion into the local Mississippi workforce or community at large. Counselors provide clients support and coordinate benefits leading to part or full time employment. This may include vocational training, assessment, counseling and guidance, assistive technology, and job placement.

The severely disabled can look into resources from the Office of Special Disability Programs, or OSDP. This government agency provides social and employment services to individuals who do not necessarily demonstrate potential for employment. Assistance may be offered in the name of home and/or community services. They will encourage self-sufficiency and address an individual’s overall quality of life regardless of their immediate potential for employment.

Many of the services and benefits offered in Mississippi are done through home and community based waivers, including the Traumatic Brain Injury/Spinal Cord Injury and Independent Living Waiver. Other support may include education, awareness and prevention activities. The job training programs from Department of Rehabilitation Services can be reached at (800) 443-1000.

Get help in applying for cash assistance from the Office of Disability Determination Services (DDS). Working with the Social Security Administration, the state will work to establish eligibility for Mississippians with severe disabilities for apply for programs such as SSDI. (800) 443-1000

Additional non-profit and government agencies that offer disability assistance

The Arc of Mississippi
Location is 7 Lakeland Circle #600
Jackson, MS 39216
Toll-free (800) 717-1180





Bayou Gulf States Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America
15489 Dedeaux Road
Gulfport, MS 39503
Call the agency at (228) 832-6864

Brain Injury Association of Mississippi
2727 Old Canton Road, Suite 191
Jackson, MS 39216
Call the center at (800) 444-6443

Life of Mississippi
Address is 1304 Vine Street
Jackson, MS 39202
Toll-free (800) 748-9398

Mississippi Council of the Blind
2501 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39216
(601) 982-1718

Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD)
Location is 239 North Lamar Street
Jackson, MS 39201
(601) 359-6238

Mississippi Department of Education
359 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Telephone: (601) 359-3513

Mississippi Department of Health, Autism
570 East Woodrow Wilson Drive
Jackson, MS 39216
Toll-free (866) 458-4948

Mississippi Department of Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services Overview
Main address is 750 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39202
Toll-free (800) 948-3090

Mississippi Department of Mental Health, Bureau of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
239 North Lamar Street, Suite 1101
Jackson, MS 39201
Main phone - (601) 359-1288

Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, Office on Deaf and Hard of Hearing
3895 Beasley Road
Jackson, MS 39213
(601) 898-7052

Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, Traumatic Brain Injury Lead Agency
P.O. Box 1698
Jackson, MS39115
Call (601) 853-5324

Mississippi Division of Medicaid
Sillers Building, 550 High Street, Suite 1000
Jackson, MS 39201
Toll-free (800) 421-2408

The University of Southern Mississippi, Institute for Disability Studies
Address is 118 College Drive #5163
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Toll-free (888) 671-0051

By Jon McNamara

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