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The Specialized Planning, Options to Transition Team,
or SPOTT, was designed to help provide a person-centered,
recovery-oriented system of care for all
Mississippians in need of services. Specifically, it has
been developed to support people who have required
treatment in inpatient programs on multiple occasions,
linking them with additional services in the community
to help them remain successful in their recovery.

SPOTT grew out of services offered through The Arc of
Mississippi, and was associated with services for intellectual
and developmental disabilities, but has since
grown to include mental health services. Members of
the SPOTT team come from a variety of backgrounds
and agencies, including private providers and state
agencies such as the Division of Medicaid, Department
of Human Services, and Department of Rehabilitation
Matt Nalker, Executive Director of The Arc of Mississippi,
said the team is a true collaboration. “Our main
goal is to help people with a history of recidivism,”
Nalker said. “We don’t silo people or categorize
people. This is really about their need for support,
wherever those referrals come from.”
Many referrals come from calls made by family members
to the DMH Helpline in the Office of Consumer
Support (OCS), but referrals also come to OCS from
private providers, local hospitals, or other concerned
citizens. Group members meet every two weeks to
oversee the cases that have been referred. Members
are committed to providing help when they can, but
are also in a position to immediately request services
from the other team members.
There are many success stories associated with SPOTT,
including a young man who had been verbally abused.
He had been diagnosed with a mental illness, had
problems with substance use, and has had several
acute hospitalizations.
SPOTT referred this person to services through a local
Community Mental Health Center (CMHC), where a
change in location was eventually needed to better
serve him. SPOTT connected him with Psychosocial
Rehabilitation Services (PSR) and therapeutic services
through a local CMHC in another area of the state. He
received assistance with transportation to the local
CMHC, where he is successfully living independently
with limited support.
“SPOTT has been the biggest challenge I have ever
been a part of, but it has also been the most rewarding,”
said Veronica Vaughn, DMH Director of OCS/
Community Placement. “It is truly following our
mission of helping one person at a τ€†Ÿme and also assists
us in identifying where gaps are in the public mental
health system related to access to care. It also gives
people a voice and makes the person an integral part
of their recovery plan.”

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