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Friends of Central Mississippi Residential Center, Inc

Friends is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the work of Central Mississippi Residential Center (CMRC) and informing the public of mental illness and the needs of the individuals with mental illness. Friends helps to enhance quality of life by offering a variety of events and programs for CMRC patients and staff.

Membership is made up of individuals from the community, civic and community groups, family members as well as CMRC personnel. Anyone who is interested in serving as an advocate for adults and children with mental illness can be a member. Annual membership fees are $10.00. If you would like to become a member of Friends, please click to download a Friends Application.pdfFriends Application.pdf.

Purpose of Friends

  • Promote public interest in CMRC.
  • Assist families.
  • Promote understanding of mental health and the needs of the mentally ill.
  • Encourage support for CMRC from civic groups, churches and individuals in the area served by CMRC.
  • Raise funds for projects which will improve the quality of life for individuals receiving services and provide recognition and support for employees.

Projects

  • Client Activities: Client of the Month, Family Fun Day, Recreational Outings, Art Supplies, Holiday meals events, Fall Festival, Pastoral Services, and client activities.
  • Employee Recognition: Employee of Month/Year Program, Retirement Awards, Annual Employee Appreciation Activity, and Perfect Attendance Awards.
  • Annual Fund Raising Events: Fall Festival & Treat Street, Pottery and Art Sales.

Friends of CMRC Board Members

  • James Miller - President
  • Brent Maze - Vice President 
  • Ann Munn
  • Kathy Stephens
  • Larry Reed
  • Larry Waller 
  • Lisa Jay
  • Patricia Battle
  • Wilson Hallman

Speaker’s Bureau

Need a speaker for your meeting or event? Central Mississippi Residential Center (CMRC) has numerous employees who are available to speak on topics suited to your audience.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • General information and services
  • Mental illness
  • Suicide prevention
  • Alzheimers disease and related dementias
  • Stress management
  • Volunteer services and friends of CMRC

Presentations are regularly provided to educators, law enforcement and health care professionals for continuing education.

Education and prevention topics are frequently presented to students, parents, faith-based groups and civic organizations.

Conference facilities are available for public use. Requests to utilize facilities must be done in advance and are subject to approval by CMRC Administration.

Campus Tours

Campus tours are available by appointment only.

To book a speaker for your organization, school or event or for more information about the facilities listed above, contact the Public Relations Office at (601) 683-4310.​

​​fjohnson@cmrc.state.ms.us​


  • 701 Northside Drive
    Newton, MS 39345
  • Phone (601) 683-4200
    Fax (601) 683-4210
    Monday-Friday
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM ​
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