Mississippi Integrated Health & Disaster Program

Mississippi Integrated Health and Disaster Program

The Mississippi Integrated Health and Disaster Program ran from 2012-2018. It was part of the Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Project and the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program. See the MIHDP Partners page for more information.



Our mission was to provide high quality behavioral health services to the residents of coastal Mississippi, especially the underserved and chronically ill, through an integrated system of care designed to improve individual and community wellness through intervention, education, training and research.


GRHOP was developed jointly by BP and the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee as part of the Deepwater Horizon Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement. The program is supervised by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The ultimate goal of the GRHOP is to inform residents of targeted communities about their own health and provide access, now and in the future, to skilled frontline healthcare providers supported by networks of specialists knowledgeable in addressing physical, environmental, and behavioral and mental health needs, thereby improving the resilience of the targeted communities to future health challenges.

The Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Project (MBHCP) is implemented by a coalition of four Universities, one of which is the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Social Work. The MBHCP aims to provide much needed mental and behavioral health care and longer-term capacity-building resources to improve the overall well-being of individuals, families, and communities in targeted areas, advance models of integrated mental and behavioral health care within primary care, provide supportive therapeutic and strength based mental and behavioral health services and increase the mental and behavioral health expertise of health professionals in targeted communities and increase awareness by local communities of mental and behavioral health issues.

In Mississippi, the target beneficiaries were the medically underserved patients of Coastal Family Health Center who reside in Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties.

A major component of the program was social work-led integrated care teams that targeted chronically ill individuals to improve overall health and wellness.

Integrated health, central to our model, seeks to provide seamless coordination of mental and behavioral health and primary care services at the clinical, administrative, financial, and data collection systems so as to provide high-quality, holistic patient care.



Tim Rehner, PhD
Principal Investigator

Michelle Brazeal, LCSW
Program Director

Lauren Zakaras, DBH, LCSW
Clinical Director