In Mississippi, #cut50 will be partnering with the University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work. Within the School is a grant funded program titled The Mississippi Wraparound Institute (MWI), a technical assistance provider to agencies who provide wraparound services. The mission of MWI is “to provide support and resources to child serving agencies that utilize high fidelity wraparound principles and philosophies, and our community and state partners.” Wraparound is a process that supports families with children who have serious emotional disabilities. And are often involved with multiple systems including the juvenile justice system. The process of wraparound includes family voice and choice in all decision making while utilizing community and natural supports. Wraparound can be used as a resource for youth courts to help lower recidivism rates. It can also be used as a means of prevention to keep at-risk youth from becoming involved with the juvenile justice system.
MWI representatives will be at the capitol on March 1, also the 2017 legislative/advocacy day for the Mississippi Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (MS-NASW). All state universities with social work programs are represented during this event and there are typically hundreds of social work students who attend. At the MS-NASW board met on January 21, adopted juvenile justice reform as this year’s focus for the 2017 advocacy day. The event day will involve hundreds of social work students who will be notified and educated in advance of the focus on juvenile justice reform.
Additionally, our organization contact, Professor Tamara Hurst has reached out to contacts the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office since they support the state’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, and will assist in coordinating contact with the Representatives and Youth Court Judges who are part of JDAI pilot sites.
March 1 will include tabling by schools of social work in the rotunda of the state capitol in Jackson. The group will reserve one of the tables for MWI and #cut50. In addition, one of the largest rooms in the capitol will be used for speakers to talk about juvenile justice reform issues, and may hold multiple sessions. Between presentations, the room may be used for VR presentations of content provided by #cut50. During the late morning or early afternoon there will be a press conference to highlight the focus of the event.
Finally, SMU will be working with the Mississippi Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to coordinate legislator attendance at their presentations and having meetings with legislators directly following.
For more information, please visit the University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work
400 High St
Jackson, MS 39201
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