March 2017

Here is the 1st video of the series 'Better Me Better Mississippi' that shows the value of partnerships and the benefits they have on our communities.
If the video will not play properly, then feel free to watch this on your handheld devices. We have also put the video on the homepage of our website and all of our social media pages. 
MDHS continues to seek ways in which we can provide better service to our clients. I am happy to provide you with just such a resource. Below is a picture that contains the link to a partner of the agency that will provide job availability in the areas of Energy and Manufacturing within the State of Mississippi. I am grateful for such a partnership and hope that you all will find it as helpful as I have. 
Do Not Get “Hooked” by Phishing (Fishing) E-Mails
The most common method that computer hackers and identity thieves use to compromise your Computer is by sending E-Mails that are not legitimate communications, and are instead designed to install Malware on your Computer.  This process is called Phishing (pronounced Fishing).
Phishing is used frequently by Computer Hackers because it is effective.
Phishing is E-Mail fraud.  The E-Mail usually appears to come from a legitimate sender in order to lure unsuspecting Computer Users into giving their personal, financial or other sensitive information.  Some Phishing E-Mails try to get the Computer user to click on an attachment or link in the E-Mail in order to obtain information to gain access to your Computer or the Systems where you work or live.
It is very important to be vigilant in identifying Phishing E-Mail and protecting you and your organization from these scams.
Use the Guidelines Below to Guard Against Phishing E-Mails
  • Never respond to any suspicious E-Mail by clicking on links or filling out forms with personal or financial information.
  • Don’t believe everything you read.  If you are unsure as to whether an E-Mail is legitimate you should verify it by contacting the sender or simply delete the E-Mail.
  • Never provide personal information or information about your Agency in response to an E-Mail that appears to be suspicious.
  • Don’t open unexpected attachments.  Contact the E-Mail sender to verify the contents or delete the E-Mail.
If you believe you might have inadvertently revealed sensitive personal or Agency information, you should change your Password.  If you have questions about MDHS Information Security please contact the MDHS MIS Security and Support Group at or call the MIS Support Phone Number 844-652-8044.
Written by Mark Allen, MDHS CIO


2 Salmon Filets
2 tbs Brown sugar                                          
2 tbs Honey 
2 tbs Olive Oil
2 tbs Soy Sauce
2 tbs Minced Garlic
1 bag fresh Brussel Sprouts
1 container of mushrooms

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. In a medium size bowl mix brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, and garlic
3. Pour mixture evenly over salmon
4. Put washed and halved vegetables in a mixing bowl add 2 tbs of extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper to taste
5. Spread vegetables evenly in baking dish or pan
6. Bake salmon and vegetables at 400 degrees 45-50 minutes.
Recipe submitted by Nikki Fulton
March 22 is
EW/CM Appreciation Day
On March 22, county supervisors honored their Eligibility Workers and Case Managers across the state.  Each supervisor had their own way of showing appreciation either with lunch, goodie bags or a bouquet of flowers. It was a wonderful day full of smiles, appreciation, and recognition for all the excellent work you do every day. Thank you all for doing such a wonderful job. 
Mr. Herbert Scott is
Property Manager of the Year
Mr. Herbert Scott was awarded the Property Manager of the Year award by one of the state's organizations, MAGPPA - MS Association of Government Purchasing & Property Agents, at the March Procurement Day Celebration on March 15th held at the Woolfolk Building. Some of the other members of this organization and coworkers were there to support him from MDHS included, Lashanda Feazell, Shauncey Hunter, Karley Bobbet, Chiquita Archie, Valeria O'Neal and Jackie Surrell.  Congratulations to Mr. Herbert Scott.

Emelda Thompson celebrated her retirement from Lincoln DHS after 35 years.  She began as a clerk, became an EW, and ended her career as an EA supervisor.  She will be missed.  Her hard work and dedication is a legacy for us all.

Shirley Rainey celebrated her retirement from State Government after 44 1/2 years. She began as an Eligibility Worker in Sunflower county and ended her career as a Special Projects Officer IV. She will be missed!

Her hard work and dedication is a legacy for us all.
Diane Ballard retired from Yazoo County MDHS on 2-28-17 after 32 years of service with Field Operations.  Diane began working for Yazoo County MDHS in 1985 as an Eligibility Worker. During her years of service, she was promoted from EW to TWP Case Manager, and lastly to Supervisor.  The staff at Yazoo MDHS describe Diane as a "walking policy manual".  She is in possession of a razor sharp memory and staff have always depended upon her to assist with any policy question. Diane has also served as a mentor to those under her supervision while holding them to a high standard of work. One former case manager, previously under her supervision, remarked of her, " She was my role model. When I was promoted and began to supervise others, I wanted to become Diane Ballard".  We wish Diane well in her retirement, but she will be sorely missed. 
                                                                                                             Submitted by Gloria Nunn
County Director II

MDHS commends SPLC for their
kind donation of books​

On Wednesday March 22, Alexandra Copper with the Southern Poverty Law Center delivered 500 books to the Oakley Youth Development Center Library for the students. Oakley Librarian, Peggy Dixon said "These kids are great to work with and they love to read. They will be excited to get a variety of new books." 
Pictured above left to right: Mike Hobby, Director of OYDC; Peggy Dixon​, Oakley Librarian;
Alexandra Copper, Community Advocate, SPLC; James  Maccarone, Director, Division of Youth Services​
The Science Fair Comes to Oakley
As a part of the monthly competitions at Williams School, Mrs. Theresa Thornton held a middle school Science Fair.  Students in grades 6th - 8th researched, experimented, and presented various projects with the resources available at Williams School.   

Students began working on their experiments the first week of February. Each pupil was given a topic and directions on how to set up the experiment. Each participant was responsible for conducting the experiments, not just once, but three times to ensure the validity of the results. They logged their data into the data sheets, and after the three trials were completed, analyzed the data and came up with a conclusion.

The competition was judged by volunteers from within the school and others. The “blind” judging method was used, with the name of the participant written on the backside of the science board, but not displayed for the judges. Each student did their best and stood proudly as each visitor came into the room and asked what their project was about. Pride filled the halls as each member explained their project with terms such as surface tension or potential energy.

Mrs. Thornton, the Science Teacher, said, “It was a good time, and they did learn a lot about science. I wasn’t used to being both the teacher and the parent who helped with the board, but it was worth it.” When asked if she would do it again next year, Mrs. Thornton replied, “Yes I would!”
Mississippi Access to Care took advantage of another opportunity to showcase the services at the State Capitol through a partnership with Alzheimer’s Association. MAC Center was able to sponsor a breakfast for legislators. MAC Centers are dedicated to helping older adults and people with disabilities  live with dignity and security to achieve maximum quality of life.
Pictured left to right is James Tucker. KenYada Blake-Washington,
Sandra McClendon, Shirley Rainey, Lydia C. Davis and Kelleigh Riddle.

New for 2017, The Division of Youth Services, Community Services, begins an Employee of the Quarter Program. Clerk Typist Senior, Linda Childers is the DYS Community Services Employee of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2017.

Linda is based in Marshall County as the DYS Region I office clerk. 

In December of 2016, the Region I Director, Lynn Pullen, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly.  Linda worked closely with her, as the regional clerk.  Lynn’s passing was difficult for Linda.  As a result, Linda had to maintain the regional office without the guidance a Regional Director would give her.  Since then, Linda has done an excellent job of maintaining the office and meeting the various needs of the region.  She has helped in providing assistance and documents as requested, always in a timely manner.  She clearly demonstrates two core values of the agency; outstanding program delivery and excellent customer service. The Division of Youth Services would like to congratulate Linda Childers on being selected as the first recipient of the Community Services Section Employee of the Quarter.
Submitted by George Schmaus
DYS Community Services Director
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