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2018 State Conference

The conference has ended. Thanks for your participation and support!

Theme – THRIVE: Navigating the Journey

$85.00 Thursday session/$85.00 Friday session
$150.00 both days (save $20.00)

$30.00 per day for nurses, mental health advocates and state employees (lunch not included – ID required at conference)

$25.00 Thursday lunch/$25.00 Friday lunch

A limited number of conference scholarships are available for NAMI Peers (living with a severe mental illness)

On-site registration accepted.


Social Work: 12 CEUs (6 for each day) – no additional fee
DMH: 10 CEUs (5 for each day) – no additional fee
Teacher CEUs: $15 for 1.1 (11 contact hours) – purchased on site – must attend all sessions to receive

Conference Email Address:


Hotel Reservations:

This year’s host hotel is the Westin Jackson.

407 South Congress St., Jackson, MS 39201 | Phone: (601) 968-8200

  • Guests can book, modify or cancel reservations from February 21, 2018 to May 19, 2018.
  • Group rate available until April 17, 2018.  Subject to availability.
  • Rates:
    Rooms Single Rate Double Rate
     Traditional Double (TD) $139 $139
     Traditional King (TK) $139 $139

    Rates do not include applicable taxes, currently 11% state tax and $0.75 occupancy tax. No automatic or mandatory charges are tips, gratuities, or services charges for employees, unless otherwise expressly stated.

    Check-in/Check-out: Check-in time is 3 p.m. and check out time is noon. Hotel will make every effort to accommodate requests, but cannot guarantee an early check in or late departure.

    Cut-off Date: The “cut-off date” for reserving rooms is 5 p.m. on April 17, 2018. After the cut-off date, Hotel may accept additional reservations subject to prevailing rates and availability.

    Individual Call In:  Each individual guest must make their own reservations by calling the Hotel Reservations at 1-800-937-8461 or via online www.westinjackson.comEach individual must ask for group reservations and identify themselves as members of the MS National Alliance of Mental Illness 2018 Annual Conference to receive the group rate. All reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied by a first-night room deposit and guaranteed with a major credit card.

    If an individual with a guaranteed reservation does not check in or cancels the reservation less than three (3) days prior to arrival, the individual’s one night’s rate will be forfeited or the credit card on record will be charged for one night.

    Early Departure Fee: An early departure fee of one night’s room and tax will apply if an attendee checks out prior to the checkout date.

Click on the button below to read the agenda (PDF) for the conference.

Confirmed Speakers:


Tiffany C. Anderson, Coordinator of Mobile Crisis Response
Hinds Behavioral Health Services


Sadie Bennett-Ross, Youth Engagement Coordinator
NFusion Metro


Dr. Teri Brister, Director of Information & Support
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)


Daisy Carter, Executive Director
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of the Central Mississippi Area, Inc.


Donna Christmas, Clinical Care Coordinator/Mental Health Therapist
NFusion Metro


Al A. Cervantes, Coordinator of the Forrest/Lamar County PACT Team
Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources, Region XII Community Mental Health Center


Dr. Shawn L. Clark
Clinical  Psychologist, G.V.  (Sonny)  Montgomery VA Medical Center


Bishop Ronnie C. Crudup, Sr., Senior Pastor
New Horizon Church International


Vicki DeMoney, Executive Director
Crossroads Ministries


Dr. Ragan Downey, Grant Evaluator/Staff Development Coordinator
Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources


Lauren Elliott, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
University of Mississippi Medical Center


Michelle Ellison, RN
Madison County Schools


Linda Foley, Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator and Grant Writer
Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources


Sanford Greenwood, Certified Peer Support Specialist/Recovery Coach
Clinical  Psychologist, G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center


Lori Hodges, Certified Peer Support Specialist
Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources


Joy Hogge, Executive Director
Families As Allies of Mississippi


Dr. LaQuita Johnson, Founder
Define Your Destiny


Javis Jones, Social Marketing Communication Coordinator
NFusion Metro


Dt. Ena Knott-Scott, Clinical  Psychologist
G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center


Chris Marcell, Mental Health Advocate and Support Group Lead
NAMI Gulf Coast


Brett Mayfield, Board President
NAMI Mississippi


Diana Mikula, Executive Director
Mississippi Department of Mental Health


Henry Moore, Lead Family Partner
Families as Allies of Mississippi


Rogenia Parker, LCSW
G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center


Sandra Parks, Director of Children & Youth Services
Mississippi Department of Mental Health


Dr. Rita Porter, Director of Adult Services
Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources


Molly Portera, Director of Suicide Prevention and Outreach
Mississippi Department of Mental Health


Marshall Ramsey, editorial cartoonist and author


Dr. Thomas Recore, Forensic Psychiatrist
Mississippi Department of Mental Health


Dr. Bradford Smith, licensed psychologist and director
Belhaven University’s Institute for International Care and Counsel


Maj. Jamie Tedford
Jones County Sheriff’s Department


Tameka Tobias, Executive Director
NAMI Mississippi


Jill Walsh, Affiliate Secretary
NAMI Meridian


Randall Williams, Affiliate Representative and State Trainer
NAMI Vicksburg


Tiffany Williams, Mental Health Therapist
Hope Haven Residential


Sitaniel Wimbley, Program Director
NAMI Mississippi


Monica Wolters, Peer Support Specialist
Hinds Behavioral Health Services PACT Team


Dr. Shani Collins Woods
Inspirational author, freelance writer and speaker

Confirmed Panelists:

Jewel Hillery, Director of Development and Marketing for The Redeemer’s School
and reporter for 16 WAPT News


Wendy Mahoney, Executive Director
Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence


Lauren Parker, Mental Health Advocacy and Public Policy Intern
NAMI Mississippi


Erin Pickens, Morning Anchor
16 WAPT News

Anna Wolfe, Health Watchdog Reporter
The Clarion-Ledger


Latasha Willis, Community Outreach Specialist
NAMI Mississippi


Confirmed Sponsors:


Platinum Supporter:

Mississippi Department of Mental Health


Gold Sponsor:


Silver Sponsor:

Canopy Children’s Solutions


Communicare HYPED 4 CHANGE


Families As Allies


General Sponsor:

Baptist Health Foundation

Confirmed Exhibitors:
Association of Mississippi Peer Support Specialists (AMPSS)
Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities
Community Links
Hinds Behavioral Health Services
HOSA Mississippi
Information & Quality Healthcare – Mississippi Tobacco Quitline
Magnolia Health
Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services
Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services
Region 8 Mental Health

Special Thanks to…


Belhaven University

Jackson Mississippi Convention & Visitors Bureau

Upsilon Upsilon Omega, Alpha Kappa Alpha Chapter

Dr. Billy Kim International Center, Belhaven University

1500 Peachtree St.
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