State of Mississippi Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act DRAFT Mississippi 2020 WIOA Combined Plan


State Policies & Initiatives: 
Training/Capacity Building

“Under WIOA customized employment is included in the definition of supported employment and VR is including it as a VR service that the SE client can choose to include in his/her IPE. Therefore, VR is expanding customized employment training to the majority of its direct service staff. These service approaches will continue to be made available to clients during the intake process and will be utilized when deemed appropriate and when chosen by the client.”

“My Brother’s Keeper, Inc. (MBK) was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving The “left behind” populations, such as low wage earners and hourly wage workers; as well as individuals who do not have health insurance because of a lack of affordable coverage options in their area.  The Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organization is Open Arms Healthcare Center. They will partner with the Southwest Mississippi River Region (SMRR) Community Advisory Group, Faith and community-based organizations, Small business owners, Chambers of Commerce, City Governance, and Community health clinics and primary care clinics in the SMRR.  For more information, please contact the designated project lead.


Henry Fuller

Phone: (601) 957-7710


  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Customized Employment
  • WIOA
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