Statewide Resources


Department of Public Safety

P.O. Box 958
Jackson, MS 39205

Mississippi Department of Employment Security Unemployment

P.O. Box 1699
Jackson, MS 39215-1699
1 888 844 3577

Unemployment Compensation

Provides eligible individuals with temporary, partial wage replacement so they can meet their basic financial needs while looking for a new job. In order to be eligible for benefits, jobless workers must demonstrate that they have worked, usually measured by amount of wages and/or weeks of work, and must be able and available for work. This means that unless you were employed in the year before you apply for benefits, you will not be eligible for unemployment insurance. No unemployment benefits are payable for any month that you are in jail or prison.

Mississippi Vital Records

State Department of Health
222 Marketridge Drive in Ridgeland, off Highland Colony Parkway
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215-1700

Obtain certified copies of:

  • Birth Certificate ($15.00)
  • Death and Marriage Certificate ($10.00)

Hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Public counter closes at 4:30 p.m

Criminal Justice

ACLU of Mississippi

P.O. Box 2242
Jackson, MS 39225
Attn: Legal Intake Coordinator

Through advocacy, education, and litigation, the ACLU of Mississippi defends and protects the constitutional rights of Mississippians across the state. One of the ACLU of Mississippi’s main projects involves reforming the state’s criminal justice system and protecting the rights of inmates. State prisoners and jail detainees who have experienced any form of sexual abuse or staff sexual misconduct can write to the ACLU for assistance.

Inmate Legal Assistance Program

Mississippi Attorney General’s Office

550 High St.
Ste. 1200
Jackson, MS 39201
Justice Building

Employers and service providers may obtain information from the state attorney general regarding:

  • Occupational bars
  • The licensing of individuals with criminal records in certain jobs
  • Whether the state has laws that limit what employers may ask job applicants
  • protections against employment discrimination based on a criminal record

Mississippi Criminal Information Center Criminal Record Repository Records Division

P.O. Box 958
Jackson, MS 39205
Contact: Will Spann, Chief Information Officer

Individuals may contact this center to:

  • Obtain a copy of their state rap sheet
  • Learn about the process of sealing, expunging or cleaning it
  • Find out who is legally entitled to have access to his or her record

The Mississippi Criminal Information Center will make a person’s criminal record available for inspection by him/her or his/her attorney upon written request, payment of a fee and receipt of an executed release form. A letter of request must be submitted to the Center at the address listed. The Special Processing staff will contact the individual or his/her attorney to schedule a time for review of the record, if any record exists.

Mississippi Department of Corrections Investigation Division

723 North President Street
Jackson, MS 39202

The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) Investigation Division is the investigative arm of the agency. It consists of Investigative Units located at each State prison (MSP, CMCF, SMCI, and Central Office Headquarters) and handles issues such as sexual assault. Inmates who have been sexually assaulted in a MDOC facility can contact the Investigation Division to report the assault and any concerns regarding the handling of investigations into such abuse.

Mississippi Department of Corrections Pre-Release Program

723 N. President St.
Jackson, MS 39202
601-359-5618 or 601-573-5619
Contact: Lora Cole, Deputy Commissioner

The major duties and responsibilities of the Pre-Release Program are categorized into eight primary services:

  • Employability skills training
  • Counseling
  • Job development
  • Residence development
  • Remedial education
  • Adult literacy in the workplace
  • Transportation and follow-up/aftercare

Pre-Release Programs are located in three prisons and three community work centers around the state.

Mississippi Department of Corrections Region I

301 W. Sunflower Rd.
Cleveland, MS 38732

The Mississippi Department of Corrections Community Corrections Division is responsible for the supervision of probationers, parolees, residents in the restitution centers, inmates in community work centers, and those who are in intensive supervision or earned release supervision programs.

Region I includes the following counties: Alcorn, Attala, Benton, Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Coahoma, Desoto, Grenada, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Leflore, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Panola, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, Union, Washington, Webster, Winston, Yalobusha

Mississippi Department of Corrections Region II Community Corrections Division

421 W. Pascagoula St.
Jackson, MS 39205

The Mississippi Department of Corrections Community Corrections Division is responsible for the supervision of probationers, parolees, residents in the restitution centers, inmates in community work centers, and those who are in intensive supervision or earned release supervision programs.

Region II includes the following counties: Clarke, Clay, Covington, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Jasper, Kemper, Lauderdale, Leake, Lowndes, Madison, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Simpson, Smith, Warren, Wayne, Yazoo

Mississippi Department of Corrections Region III Community Corrections Division

5912 U.S. Highway 49 South
Space B-6
Cloverleaf Mall
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

The Mississippi Department of Corrections Community Corrections Division is responsible for the supervision of probationers, parolees, residents in the restitution centers, inmates in community work centers, and those who are in intensive supervision or earned release supervision programs.

Region III includes the following counties: Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Copiah, Forrest, Franklin, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Perry, Pearl River, Pike, Stone, Walthall, Wilkinson

Mississippi Department of Corrections Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative

732 N. President St.
Jackson, MS 39201
601-359-5600 or 601-354-6996
Contact: Christopher B. Epps, Commissioner or Christy Gutherz

The Mississippi Department of Corrections will focus efforts on recidivism for 200 adult offenders and 75 juvenile offenders reentering Hinds County. Through the reentry project, the department will partner with various service agencies to address recidivism, substance abuse, and physical and mental health issues and to support workforce participation, housing, family reunification, faith-based support, and mentoring.

Mississippi Department of Employment Security

Federal Bonding Program
1235 Echelon Parkway
Jackson, MS 39213
Contact: Wayne Miley

The Federal Bonding Program provides fidelity bonding insurance coverage to individuals with criminal histories and other high-risk job applicants who are qualified, but fail to get jobs because regular commercial bonding is denied due to their backgrounds.

U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) created the Federal Bonding Program (FBP) as an employer job-hire incentive that guaranteed the job honesty of at-risk job seekers. Federal financing of Fidelity Bond insurance, issued free-of-charge to employers, enabled the delivery of bonding services as a unique job placement tool to assist ex-offenders, and other at-risk/hard-to-place job applicants.

Mississippi Department of Rehabilitative Services

1281 Highway 51
Madison, MS 39110

Rehabilitative Service assists individuals to secure gainful employment matching their abilities and capabilities through local job searches and awareness of self-employment and telecommuting opportunities. Only ex-offenders with a mental or physical disability will be eligible.

Mississippi Innocence Project

P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677-1848
662-915-5213 Fax

The Mississippi Innocence Project is committed to providing the highest quality legal representation to its clients: Mississippi state prisoners serving significant periods of incarceration who have cognizable claims of wrongful conviction.

The Project currently accepts applications for legal representation from prisoners convicted in Mississippi who believe that they may have a claim of actual innocence. Actual innocence means that a person had no involvement with the crime they were convicted. The Project only reviews cases in north Mississippi counties. If your county is not listed, please visit the Innocence Project of New Orleans’ website for assistance:

The Project only accepts application requests directly from prisoners and only by mail. To request an application, a prisoner should contact the Project by mail.

State of Mississippi Parole Board

660 North Street
Suite 100A
Jackson, MS 39202
601-576-3528 Fax

State Ombudsman

MS Department of Human Services, Division of Aging
750 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39202
601-359-9664 Fax
Contact: Anniece McLemore

Work Release Program Community Work Centers

723 N. President St.
Jackson, MS 39202
601-359-5618 or 601-573-5619
Contact: Lora Cole, Deputy Commissioner

Inmates work without pay for charitable organizations doing such work as janitorial services, mechanic work and roadside beautification.

To be eligible, an inmate must:

  • be within seven years of release
  • pass drug and alcohol tests
  • be physically able to do work
  • have no escape charges
  • not be convicted of:
  • a sex crime, child abuse conviction, other convictions involving a minor or disabled person, a weapon, or a violent crime.

Domestic Violence

MS Coalition Against Domestic Violence

P.O. Box 4703
Jackson, MS 39296
Lifeline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) (National Hotline-If you need immediate assistance after hours)
1-800-898-3234 (state hotline)
601-981-9196 (Local)
601-981-2501 (fax)


  • Education
  • Public Awareness
  • Victim Referral Services
  • Clearing House/ Resource Library
  • Networking


Mississippi Virtual Community College

The Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC) is a consortium of Mississippi’s 15 community colleges that makes it possible for these colleges to leverage their distance learning resources -- including faculty, courses, support services, and technology. Through the MSVCC, students may take courses from community colleges anywhere in Mississippi while getting support services from a local college. You can find contact information for your local institution on the website.

Mississippi Community College Board Office of Adult Basic Education

North West Mississippi Community College
1-888-4-ABEGED )1-888-4-223433
601-432-6890 Fax

The Adult Basic Education Programs administered by the Community College Board are designed to offer opportunities that will enhance the skills and abilities of individuals preparing for the workforce or preparing for additional educational opportunities. ABE provides instruction in the skill areas of reading, writing, arithmetic, employment skills, and basic science and social studies. Classes feature individualized and group instruction. Many classes use computer-assisted learning. Instruction is conducted in schools, industries and other varied community sites.


  • Teacher Aide Certification
  • Beginning and Intermediate ABE
  • Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • GED testing and information on local testing sites

We Provide

  • Paid instructors
  • Material for class at no cost to student
  • Practice for taking the GED test
  • Individualized lessons to meet student needs
  • Confidential assessment and counseling with student about progress
  • Preparation and testing for teacher aide certification


Mississippi Dept. of Employment Security

  • Online services for job searching
  • Online unemployment services
  • Get information about upcoming events including job fairs

The goal of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security is to help Mississippians get jobs. Through our network of WIN Job Centers, MDES matches qualified, prospective employees with employers.

Also at the Job Centers, Mississippians can obtain job training to sharpen their work skills and make themselves more competitive in the job market.

The Workforce Investment Network (WIN)

WIN Job Centers are one-stop career centers. Available services include:

  • job search and placement assistance
  • internet access for job searches and resume posting
  • access to computers, fax machines, copiers
  • resume preparation software
  • interview tips
  • labor market information
  • career assistance for individuals with criminal records
  • services for veterans
  • information on unemployment insurance benefits
  • career and aptitude assessment
  • information on and referral to training
  • information on available math and reading assistance
  • information on and referral to child care, transportation and other support services
  • referrals to rehabilitation services

Emergency Assistance

Division of Community Services

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
750 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39202
1-800-421-0762 or 601-359-4768

Offers financial assistance to eligible households to help pay the cost of home energy bills and other energy related services. Households may qualify for regular LIHEAP assistance and/or the Energy Crisis (emergency) Intervention Program (ECIP) for natural gas, wood, electricity, liquid petroleum propane/butane gas and other energy related services. Individuals must be within 60 percent of the State Median Income at the time of the submission of their application.

What you need to apply:

  • Valid Photo ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Income
  • Proof of Residence


The Partnership for Prescription Assistance for Mississippi

Helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get free or low-cost medicines through the public or private program that’s right for them.

  • Other Prescription Assistance Resources
  • Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage
  • Medicaid/CHIP Programs
  • Co-Payment Programs
  • Participating Patient Assistance Programs
  • Free / Low-Cost Health Clinic Finder
  • Savings Cards

MS State Department of Health; Breast and Cervical Cancer Program

570 E. Woodrow Wilson
Jackson, MS 39215
601-576-7466 and 1-800-721-7222,0,103.html

The Mississippi Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program strives for early detection of
cancer in those women at highest risk. Typically, these are the uninsured, the medically underserved,
minority, and elderly women. These women are more likely to have advanced disease when symptoms
appear, reflecting differences in access to screening and care. With federal and matching funds, MSDH/
BCCP offers Pap exam screening services at selected health department clinics, Community Health
Centers and private providers to uninsured women between the ages of 40 and 64. Mammography
screening is available through contracted providers to uninsured women between 50 and 64 years of age.
Women 40 to 49 are eligible for screening mammograms when special funding is available. Special
exceptions are available for those women between the ages of 18 and 39, but they must receive prior

To qualify for MS-BCCP, a woman must meet all of the following guidelines:
Income: Household income at or below 250% of Federal Poverty Level
Insurance status: Uninsured, underinsured, or without third-party payers such as Medicaid or Medicare Part B.
Resident: State of Mississippi for at least 12 consecutive months.
Enrollment Age: 21-64-years old. For cervical cancer screening: Age 40 to 64. For breast cancer screening: Age
50 to 64-. For women aged 40-49 years old, breast screen1ng is offered ONLY when special funds available.
Providers must call BCCP for prior approval. For breast or cervical diagnostic services: Age 21 to 64.

Service hours vary and services are provided through Federally Qualified Health Centers, Community Health
Centers, Health Departments, private providers and other contracted providers throughout the state.


Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities

2 Old River Place, Suite M
Jackson, MS 39202
(V/TTY) 1-800-721-7255
Relay 711
601-709-0250 Fax

It is the mission of the Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities (MSCCD) to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life for children, adolescents and adults with disabilities and their families and empower these individuals to reach for their full potential in every aspect of life and to be a voice for families, advocates, consumers and professional representing the interests and needs of people with disabilities.

Just Advocacy

603 Mill Branch Road
Pearl, MS 39208
Fax: 601-939-7553
Mary Troupe, Director

A voluntary organization that offers independent advocacy services, facilitated self-advocacy and resources for people with disabilities and families. We advocate for all people with disabilities regardless of the type of disability or the age of the person.

NAACP Mississippi

1072 W. Lynch Street, Suite 10
Jackson, MS 39203
601-353-1565 Fax

The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination. The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. You can file a discrimination complaint on their website.

Ron Welch

Prison rights attorney

P O Box 4589
Jackson, MS 39296

Southern Poverty Law Center


The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the Center works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

Mental Health

Impel Group


A group of licensed ministers that provide free counseling services to individuals who otherwise could not afford help. We provide motivational speaking to groups of all size and we train individuals to motivate and counsel others. We offer a certificate of training when complete.

Mississippi Department of Mental Health

239 North Lamar Street
1101 Robert E. Lee Building
Jackson, MS 39201
601-359-6295 (fax)
DMH Helpline 1-877-210-8513

The DMH Helpline is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. A variety of services for mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, substance use disorders, and Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia are available across the state.

Regional community mental health centers (CMHCs) operate under the supervision of regional commissions appointed by county boards of supervisors comprising their respective service areas. The 14 CMHCs make available a range of community-based mental health, substance abuse, and in some regions, intellectual/developmental disabilities services. CMHC governing authorities are considered regional and not state-level entities. DMH is responsible for certifying, monitoring, and assisting CMHCs. CMHCs are the primary service providers with whom DMH contracts to provide community-based mental health and substance abuse services.

Mississippi Families as Allies

840 E. River Place, Suite 500
Jackson, MS 39202

National Alliance on Mental Health of Mississippi

601-899-9058 or 800-357-0388

The NAMI Helpline offers support and is staffed primarily by trained volunteers who can answer general questions about mental illness, provide referrals to local affilitate support groups, and offer a supportive, listening ear. NAMI also provides up-to-date brochures and fact sheets about mental illnesses, treatment options, and other issues faced by families struggling with mental illness. The NAMI HelpLine can be reached by calling 1 (800) 950-NAMI (6264), Monday through Friday, 10 am- 6 pm, Eastern time.

NAMI also offers local support groups for peer to peer meetings and families. For days and time of these groups call or visit the NAMI website.


AIDS Task Force


AIDS testing and support resources

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Help Line


A national hotline that answers 24 hours a day, 7days a week. Someone will tell you about alcohol and drug abuse organizations in your area. The call is free and very confidential.

Breastfeeding Information Line


Child Abuse


Report child abuse

Child Care Complaints


Report complaints about child care facilities

Child Care Facility Complaints



800.4.A.CHILD (800.422.4453)

Child abuse victims, parents, concerned individuals can call to speak with a crisis counselor

Children’s Medical Program Blake Clinic


The Children’s Medical Program provides medical and surgical care to children with chronic or disabling conditions. The service is available to state residents under 21 years of age.

If your child was born with a disabling condition, or developed a disability or chronic illness, we may be able to help. The Children’s Medical program can organize care for your child’s condition, provide some equipment and medications, and arrange for physical, occupational and other therapies. If your child has a special health care need, contact us for information or referral sources. Eligibility is based on family income, family size, type of condition and estimated cost of treatment.

Crisis Hotline


Speak to a trained counselor for any issues/crisis you might be experiencing.

Darkness to Light

866-FOR-LIGHT (866-367-5444)

When you call the Darkness to Light Helpline, you will immediately be routed to an information and referral service representative in your state who can refer you to sexual abuse resources in your community.

You may or may not be connected to a crisis and/or listening line. If you just need a confidential listening ear, inquire about local listening lines when you call. If you believe you are in need of immediate assistance, call your local police or Child Protective Services.

People They Help: Children and adults needing local information or resources about sexual abuse

Early Intervention Systems


Elder abuse hotline

Mississippi Department of Human Services Child/Adult Abuse Neglect Hotline

Hotline: 1-800-222-8000 (statewide only) or (601) 359-4991
U.S. Administration on Aging 1-800-677-1116

Report Vulnerable Person Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

Marijuana Anonymous


Information on a 12 step recovery program. Get access to online and phone support groups at the website.

The Mississippi Council on Problem and Compulsive Gambling Hotline


Speak to a counselor over the hotline (those with a problem or friends/family members of someone with a problem may call) or visit the website for referral services.

Mississippi State Troopers

Dial *47

Public Health Emergencies


SAFE Alternative Self-Injury Hotline



STD/HIV Disease Reporting


The Statewide Domestic Violence hotline


Tobacco Quitline




Women’s Health


Women, Infants and Children (WIC)


211: Community Information and Referral Services

2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that, where available, connects people with important community services and volunteer opportunities. 211 can also be accessed through their website. Searches for assistance can be conducted by category search or zip code. Please note those using Sprint and C.Spire cell phone service are not able to use 211 to obtain assistance. Those with Sprint and C.Spire cell phone service should dial Mississippi 211 at the following phone numbers: (601) 360-0450 or (866) 472-8265. We receive calls regarding health services; food; clothing; housing; government resources; education; employment; counseling; support groups; recreation; community groups; services for children, youth, families and older adults; and many more topics.

2-1-1 Mississippi is available Monday-Friday from 7:00am-6:00pm.

Other dialing codes for Mississippi:

  • 311: Non-Emergency Police and Other Governmental Services
  • 411: Local Directory Assistance
  • 511: Traffic and Transportation Information
  • 611: Repair Service
  • 711: Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS)
  • 811: One Call Services to Protect Pipeline and Utilities from Excavation Damage
  • 911: Emergency


Mississippi Housing Search

1.877-428-8844 was created to help people list and find safe and decent, affordable, accessible and, when necessary, emergency housing. This web-based service, supported by a toll-free call center, provides information for the general public as well as for housing professionals seeking vital resources for their clients. a free public housing locator that’s available for anyone. Created in partnership with the Mississippi Division of Medicaid (DOM) along with other state agencies.

  • FREE searching and listing of rental housing
  • Detailed listings that can include pictures, maps, eligibility requirements (if applicable), and information about nearby amenities such as hospitals and schools
  • Helpful tools, including an affordability calculator, rental checklist, and information about renters’ rights and responsibilities
  • 24/7 access online and support from a toll-free, bilingual call center, available at 1-877-428-8844, Mon - Fri, 8:00 am - 7:00 pm CDT
  • A resource for families displaced during times of disaster
  • Search by rent, size, location, proximity to your work, and more
  • Detailed, up-to-date listings with photos
  • Listings of market-rate rentals, subsidized housing, special-needs housing, and more

The Affordable Housing Network

2885 Sanford Ave SW #17431
Grandville, Michigan 49418

Provides a searchable listing of available and affordable housing. This is a free service.


Delta Bus Line


Due to increased fuel costs, fares may change without notice. Please call for current fares.

Delta Rides


Delta Rides is a network of non-profit organizations that provide transportation services within the Mississippi Delta region. While many of these organizations provide special services for seniors, persons with disabilities or Medicaid clients, they also provide general public transit services that are available to anyone.

Gives residents reliable, affordable access to:

  • Jobs
  • Training Programs
  • Colleges
  • Medical Facilities
  • Shopping
  • Recreation

Several transportation agencies provide public transit services in the region, including fixed route bus and curb-to-curb van services.

  • Fixed Route Buses: Bus routes which connect communities are shown on the map. Call the transit agency for stop locations and times.
  • Curb-to-curb Vans: These services are available by calling at least one day ahead to schedule a trip. The map shows which transportation provider offers curb-to-curb service in specific areas.

Women and Families

Mississippi’s Access and Visitation Program (MAV-P)

Division of Family Foundation & Support
Mississippi Access & Visitation Office
750 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39202
601-359-4589 or 1-800-590-0818

Designed for noncustodial parents to have access to visit their children as specified in a court order or divorce decree. Assistance with voluntary agreements for visitation schedules is provided to parents who have a court order.


  • Mediation
  • Parent Education
  • Counseling
  • Visitation Enforcement Services include:
  • Neutral Drop-Off/Pick-Up for parents and their children
  • Visitation Compliance Monitoring
  • Development Of Parenting Plans

Mississippi Child Care Payment Program

P. O. Box 352
Jackson, MS 39205

The Child Care Certificate Program is a federally funded program designed to provide parents with assistance with child care tuition. Parents may choose any type of child care while participating in this program. Parents who meet the income and work requirement for participation in the Certificate Program will be responsible for paying their child care provider a monthly co-payment fee

Mississippi State Department of Health-Licensed Child Care Facilities,332,183,438.html

Follow link to search for Licensed Child Care Facilities in Mississippi.