The goal of the Oktibbeha County Department of Human Services is to develop approaches to improve the quality of life for families in our area, acknowledging that families need to be in charge of their own lives. There are three divisions in the department: Family and Children's Services, Economic Assistance (TANF and SNAP), and Child Support. Family and Children's Services include foster care, child and adult protective services, and adoption services. Economic Assistance provides the link to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for financial assistance, and Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) for food assistance. Eligibility for services and resources is based on income, personal resources, etc., with limits that vary by program. It takes approximately 30 days to process applications.
To anonymously report neglect or abuse, call 800-222-8000. (More information about the MS Abuse Hotline.)
- How do I get help for my child who has a drug or alcohol problem?
Teenage drug and alcohol abuse affects families in every part of Oktibbeha County regardless of location, race, or economic status. The Mississippi Department of Human Services - Division of Youth Services can assist families in identifying treatment options. In addition to referral to treatment facilities, the Youth Court offers a Juvenile Drug Court program consisting of intensive supervision, counseling, and drug testing. For more information, please call the Mississippi Department of Human Services Division of Youth Services at 662-323-8564.
- How do I get help for my child whose behavior is defiant and / or uncontrollable?
The Oktibbeha County Youth Court functions to assist families who have children with conduct issues that are disruptive to the home, school, or community. In some cases, the Oktibbeha County Office of Youth Services can offer informal counseling to the child and family. In other cases, it may be necessary to refer the family for psychiatric or psychological intervention. There will be instances when the Youth Court will bring the child into court for adjudication and probation. For further information, please call the Mississippi Department of Human Services Division of Youth Services at 662-323-8654 or the Oktibbeha County Chancery Clerk's Office. If your child is between the ages of 10 and 17, you may contact these offices for assistance:
Mississippi Department of Human Services Division of Youth Services
City Hall Building 1
01 Lampkin Street
Starkville, MS 39759
Oktibbeha County Youth Court
Oktibbeha County Courthouse
101 East Main Street
Starkville, MS 39759
Oktibbeha County Youth Court Defender Cecelia Cook
Liz CollierDirector, Economic Assistance
Ross CrawfordRegional Director, Child SupportPhone: 662-320-9566
Shebra CunninghamSupervisor, Economic Assistance
Beth FulceSupervisor, Economic Assistance
Angela NicholsArea Social Worker SupervisorPhone: 662-323-1573
Vickie ReedRegional Director, Family and Children's ServicesPhone: 662-324-9637
Brenda StewartSupervisor, Child Support