Mississippi Partnerships in Employment (MSPE) will build capacity across existing state systems for sustainable systems change to improve outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings. The consortium will develop and implement policies that support competitive employment outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings by removing systemic barriers; identifying and implementing strategies and best practices that improve employment outcomes; and enhancing statewide collaboration that facilitates transition from secondary to post-secondary outcomes. Mississippi’s Partnership includes the DD Council, the University of Southern Mississippi’s UCEDD, Disability Rights Mississippi, VR, Department of Education, the Department of Mental Health Bureau of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, the Department of Employment Security, and self-advocates.

Website: http://www.mspeidd.org/


Charles Hughes
Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities
239North Lamar Street 1101 Robert E. Lee Building
Jackson, MS 39201

Beth Bryant
IDS Project Coordinator for MS Partnerships for Employment
The University of Southern Mississippi
Institute for Disability Studies
118 College Drive, #5163
Hattiesburg, MS 39408-0001
601-266-5114 or Toll Free/TTY: 1-888-671-0051

Ann Maclaine, Director
Disability Rights Mississippi
210 E. Capitol Street Suite 600
Jackson, MS 39201
(601) 968-0600 x 226


Request for Proposals
Employment First Executive Order
MS Employment First Legislation 
Memorandum of Agreement for Employment Services Between Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and Mississippi Department of Mental Health, Bureau of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities



Model Elements