Host Organization: Pine Belt Mental Health
Chapter Type: Local Chapter
Based in Hattiesburg, MS, Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources provides numerous mental health services in four main service areas: adult, child and adolescent, chemical dependency and intellectual/developmental disabilities. Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources has offices in 13 Mississippi counties and provides services from 62 locations. Services are available to residents of Covington, Forrest, Greene, Jeff Davis, Jones, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, Perry and Wayne counties. Select services are available in Stone, Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties. Across the agency, Pine Belt employs more than 800 full and part‐time staff working in a thirteen-county region.
As a grant funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Crossover Xpand aims to prioritize underserved children and youth who are involved in the child welfare/advocacy system and/or the juvenile justice system, referred to as “crossover youth”, and those at risk for becoming crossover youth. The youth will have a diagnosed serious emotional disorder (SED), co-occurring disorder (COD), or a first episode of psychosis (FEP); be between the ages of 3-21 and reside in Forrest, Jones, Lamar, and Marion counties. Crossover Xpand houses its local chapter, Youth MOVE Pine Belt. The chapter is youth-driven and focuses on providing advocacy for destigmatizing mental health for youth on the local, state, and national level. The participating youth within the chapter are 12-29 years old.