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Community Service System

As part of the Community Service System, Ellisville State School offers living arrangements for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a more independent environment than that of the residential setting. The goal of these services is to motivate, challenge and empower people with disabilities to acquire the skills necessary to be as independent as possible. Living arrangements are provided through community homes and supervised apartments.

Ellisville State School operates seventeen homes licensed as Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID). These homes provide living arrangements in eight counties and serve 166 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Direct care services are provided twenty-four hours a day in a supervised, home-like setting. Persons with disabilites are offered opportunities to gain independence or interdependence in many areas of daily living, including self-help skills, emergency management, use of medications, meals and nutrition, recreation and leisure activities, and participating in a range of individually desired activities and services in the community. Persons residing in the homes participate in local activities such as going to movies, shopping, religious activities, Christmas parades and attending community festivals. Professional staff including academic teachers, social workers, psychologists, recreation therapists, nursing personnel, and vocational training instructors, provide an interdisciplinary approach to treatment and training designed to assist each individual in reaching his or her maximum potential. To be eligible to live in the community homes one must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be 16 years of age
  • Must be certified developmentally disabled
  • Must possess a current psychological and medical evaluation
  • Must be approved by the Administrative Screening and Review Committee (ASRC) of Ellisville State School
  • Exceptions to age requirement may be made depending on a persons identified needs

ICF/IID Homes are located in the following counties:

  • Jasper County
  • Jefferson Davis County
  • Jones County
  • Lamar County
  • Lowndes County
  • Perry County
  • Smith County
  • Wayne County

Supervised Apartments and community homes are also operated under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, a division of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. Training is provided that focuses on self-help skills, socialization, communication, and accessing community services. A total of 45 people in Jones and Forrest counties are served in the supervised apartments and BIDD community homes. Services are provided with the assistance of an on-site, live-in apartment manager. An individualized service plan addressing the areas in which the person needs training is developed by the support team. The persons residing in these homes spend time daily in training activities which address issues such as money management, aspects of meal preparation, household maintenance and community awareness. Eligibility requirements include:

  • Must be 21 years of age (to reside in supervised apartments), 18 years of age (to reside in BIDD community homes)
  • Must be certified developmentally disabled
  • Must posses a current psychological and medical evaluation
  • Must be approved by the Administrative Screening and Review Committee (ASRC) of Ellisville State School

Supervised apartment living arrangements and BIDD community homes are offered in the following counties:

  • Jones
  • Forrest
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  • 1101 Hwy 11 South
    Ellisville, MS 39437
  • 601.477.9384

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