Mississippi Implementation Project

Through the implementation project, “Readiness for Family Centered Practice,” the Mississippi Department of Human Services (DHS) has put in place a structure to develop the organizational capacity to plan, implement and sustain its Family Centered Practice model.

The project was oriented around three primary activities at the county, regional and state levels:

  1. assessing organizational culture, climate, health and readiness;

  2. teaming to develop and implement change strategies and organizational improvements; and

  3. promoting a learning organization to support change.

Following the  completion of a system wide Comprehensive Organizational Health Assessment (COHA), which gathered and analyzed baseline data on the Division of Family and Children’s Services’ health and functioning at the county, regional and state levels, interventions have been introduced to develop organizational challenges at the state, regional and local level in two innovation counties. 

Through this work, substantial organizational changes were imbedded into the system in order to build upon and share the knowledge, skills, and experiences of the child welfare agency, enhance organizational health, develop a learning organization and facilitate the successful and consistent implementation of a family centered practice. 

These organizational changes included:

  1. Bi-Annual Comprehensive Organizational Health Assessment

  2. Bi-Monthly Senior Leadership Collaboration

  3. Coach Approach Embedded in the agency’s culture

  4. Quarterly Community Partner Engagement in the innovation counties

Mississippi identified these four promising organizational practice changes to sustain as part of its ongoing implementation of a family centered practice. To date, these activities have augmented Mississippi DHS’s capacity to institutionalize its new practice model and strengthen its overall ability to spearhead and sustain positive systems change.