MISSISSIPPI YOUTH PROGRAM AROUND THE CLOCK (MYPAC)
Mississippi Youth Programs Around the Clock (MYPAC) is a home and community- based Medicaid program for children and youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED), that follows the High Fidelity Wraparound process. MYPAC provides an array of services, as an alternative to traditional Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTF). Wraparound is an all-inclusive planning process that is youth-guided and family-driven. This process is based on a strength-based philosophy of care that brings community services and natural supports together from various parts of the youth and family’s life. The all-inclusive planning process is a way to help children and youth with complex mental health needs, and their families, achieve their hopes and dreams. Parents and/or guardians are much more involved with the planning and implementation of the services provided for their child while in MYPAC.
The Mississippi Division of Medicaid developed MYPAC to provide intensive services to children and their families where they need it most – at home. Under MYPAC, families select an organization that will provide children’s mental health services and coordinate all other services needed by the child and family.
MYPAC uses the family-driven, strengths-based wraparound approach. Our Wraparound Facilitators visit with the child and family in their home at least weekly to provide intensive case management. They also facilitate child and family teams that brainstorm and decide which services and supports a child and family will need in order to be successful. Family members and natural supports for the child and family are an integral part of each child and family team. If a family lacks natural supports, our coordinators will help build a family’s support system.
MYPAC therapists are available to provide in-home therapy, family therapy, individual therapy, and specific therapies to address trauma and substance abuse, if needed. MYPAC also offers psychiatric evaluation and medication management services through a board-certified psychiatrist and psychiatric nurse practitioner. In addition, our coordinators and therapists are on call 24/7 to provide support and crisis intervention services.
A variety of additional services, based on the specific needs of each child and family, can be provided or arranged if determined by a child and family team. These services may include in-school support, peer support, group therapy, case management, and other non-traditional services that would achieve improvement in child and family functioning. Family peer support services may also assist families through family-to-family support and advocacy.
The goal of the MYPAC program is to provide intensive support and assistance to families until a strong formal and informal support network can be developed and built around the child and family that will enable the child to be successful long-term in his or her own home.