MAC Centers are welcoming and accessible places where people can obtain information and assistance in locating long-term care services or applying for benefits. They provide a central source of reliable, objective, and unbiased information about a broad range of programs and services, and help people understand and evaluate the various options available to them. MAC Centers serve the elderly, disabled, those individuals' family members and representatives, or any person seeking assistance with long-term care. They provide Information & Referral to needed services and supports, Person Centered counseling, and screening for Medicaid waivers. All of this is available, regardless of an individual's financial ability, within a person's local MAC center, over the telephone, in a person's home, or at another convenient location upon request.
Mississippi offers many options for long term services and supports for aging individuals as well as those with disabilities. These options allow individuals the freedom to remain in the community and still receive the necessary care.
The Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) is a department of the Mississippi Department of Human Services. Its mission is to protect the rights of older citizens while expanding their opportunities and access to quality services in various aspects of their lives in order to maintain the best quality of life for each individual.
Adult Protective Services (APS) Unit within the Division of Aging and Adult Services was created through legislation passed in 2006. APS investigates reports of suspected abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable adults. Guided by the Mississippi Vulnerable Persons Act, APS provides for the protection of at-risk vulnerable individuals, age 18 and older, residing in private home settings, through direct delivery or referral to resources within the community. The APS program was expanded to 24 staff dedicated to protecting vulnerable adults by investigating suspected and reported claims of abuse, neglect and exploitation in local communities and homes.
Legal Assistance and Advocacy services protect and assist the elderly to secure their rights and benefits, and promote a higher quality of life. Services include:
•Referrals for legal Assistance for older persons who need legal advice, a consultation and/or representation.
•Elder Abuse Prevention activities and public information programs that focus on issues to help prevent abuse, fraud and exploitation.