Mississippi Wraparound Institute

Mississippi Wraparound Institute

Mississippi will lead the nation with professionals who are well trained and dedicated to providing high-fidelity Wraparound that results in empowerment and real-life solutions for families.


The Mississippi Wraparound Institute is a partnership between The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Social Work, Division of Medicaid, and Mississippi Department of Mental Health. The institute was developed to assist the State of Mississippi and the State’s child-serving agencies and their identified partners with efforts to (1) accomplish successful development of integrated systems of mental and behavioral health that follow the principles of the high-fidelity Wraparound model and (2) successfully implement and sustain Wraparound facilitation as a service.

To provide support and resources to child serving agencies that utilize high-fidelity Wraparound principles and philosophies, and our community and state partners.

Professional Staff

Dr. Tamara Hurst
Assistant Project Director

Arnecca Byrd, MS, MPH
Project Manager

Elizabeth McDowell, LMSW
Nationally Certified State Wraparound Coordinator -Administration

Vanessa Huston, MS, NCC, LPC-S
Nationally Certified State Wraparound Coordinator -Special Projects

Natalie Richey, BSW
Nationally Certified State Wraparound Coordinator - Coach/Training Specialist

Nationally Certified State Partners

Mona Gauthier, Nationally Certified State Trainer / Coach
Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources


MWI Stakeholder Member

MS Department of Mental Health
MS Division of Medicaid
Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources
Youth Villages
Canopy Children's Solutions
Catholic Charities of Jackson
Brentwood Behavioral Healthcare 
Life Help-Region VI 
Region IV Mental Health Services 
Weems Community Mental Health 
Methodist Children's Homes of Mississippi 
Region 8 
Marion Counseling