Human Services

Canopy Children's Solutions

Transforming Lives

aka Canopy Children's Solutions

Jackson, MS

Mission

Canopy Children's Solution's mission is to help children thrive and families overcome extraordinary challenges by providing a continuum of behavioral health, educational, and social service solutions.

Our Four Core Values define our day-to-day actions and decision-making at every level in our organization.

The VOICE of Our Children and Families Always Comes First
RELATIONSHIPS Matter
We Take Great JOY in Service to Others
Our Families and our Communities Deserve our VERY BEST

By remaining true to the values that guide us as a organization, we strive to give every child the support and tools needed to transform their lives. At Canopy, we believe every child can be a success story.

Notes from the Nonprofit

Core Values:

The Voice of our Children and Families Always Comes First: As one of only a handful of organizations in the country that hires full-time family partners, our “child and family teams" ensure that all major decisions keep the family whole and healthy within their unique circumstances. By remaining child centered, the voice of our children and families is the guiding principle as we understand the heart and mind of each child in our care.

Our holistic approach infuses our children's voice from the planning of services, to the execution of care, to the review of outcomes and our effectiveness.

Relationships Matter: Our children are the most precious gift within the community. With a servant-leadership perspective, every member of the Canopy team safeguards the fragile nature of those we serve. Recognizing their often-challenging circumstances, our desire is to help them reach their full As each child emerges from our programs stronger, happier and healthier, we celebrate their journey to the next steps in life.

We Take Great Joy in Service to Others: A beaming smile or the roar of infectious laughter – it is the positive difference in the life of a child and their family that we seek. As each child emerges from our programs stronger, happier and healthier, we celebrate their journey to the next steps in life.

Our Families and Our Communities Deserve the Very Best: Life is a process of continuous improvement. At Canopy, we remain vigilant in identifying areas to improve professionally and programmatically. Recognizing that treatment approaches remain fluid, Canopy has continuously transformed during the past century. This introspection, coupled with servant-leadership principles, allows us to deliver our very best. Mississippi's children deserve everything we have!


As our children strive to address their unique set of circumstances, Canopy provides a pathway by which they successfully emerge from the “cocoon" of growth and spread their wings to fly.

Ruling Year

1994

Chief Executive Officer

John D. Damon Ph.D.

Main Address

PO Box 1078

Jackson, MS 39215 USA

Formerly Known As

Mississippi Children's Home Services

Keywords

adoption, children, Mississippi, crisis, autism, mental health, therapy, behavioral health, drug and alcohol abuse, education, child abuse, foster care, family services, psychiatric, ABA, trauma

EIN

64-0303085

 Number

5265153288

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Family Services (P40)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

- 1 in 5 children suffer from a mental or behavioral health challenge. Sadly, 80% of those who need help will not receive the services they need to overcome their challenges. - Children deserve to thrive in a loving home. Unfortunately, abuse, neglect and other unhealthy environments develop when a family is in distress and does not get the support they need to stabilize their environment. This can lead to unsafe home environments, crime, educational disruption and a greater burden on the state foster care system. - On the MS Gulf Coast, many children are abused annually and need support to overcome their experiences. - Children with severe emotional and behavioral challenges deserve specialized and therapeutic educational opportunities to learn.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CARES Center

CARES Schools

Adoption and Maternity Services

Mississippi Youth Programs Around the Clock (MYPAC)

Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC)

Warren County Children's Shelter (Crisis Shelter)

Early Intervention Autism Clinic

in-CIRCLE Family Preservation and Reunification

South Mississippi Child Advocacy Center (CAC)

Behavioral Health Solutions

Therapeutic Day Treatment

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Percentage of families preserved and kept intact with youth remaining safely with their families or relatives at discharge.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Families

Related program

in-CIRCLE Family Preservation and Reunification

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Permanency outcome goal is 90% to ensure that youth have long-term safety outcomes while remaining in their homes with their families.

Number of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) developed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

CARES Schools

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Assessment goal for improved Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs) for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities, as well as mental health challenges, within a calendar year is 70%.

Percentage of youth discharged from in-patient psychiatric care to a lower level of care.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

CARES Center

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Goal for youth discharged from in-patient psychiatric care to a lower level of care is 100%. In most cases, the discharge plan for residential programs is an indicator of program effectiveness.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Canopy Children’s Solutions’ (Canopy) mission is to help children thrive and families overcome extraordinary challenges by providing a continuum of behavioral health, educational, and social service solutions. For over 100 years, Canopy has provided innovative mental health, social and educational solutions to Mississippi’s most vulnerable children and youth. The organization, founded as Mississippi Children’s Home Society in 1912, was first established with the purpose of placing children into permanent, loving homes. Canopy’s programs developed for Mississippi’s children, youth, and families continue to evolve to meet society’s changing needs. Today, Canopy serves all 82 counties through a full range of innovative solutions. Meeting the dire needs of Mississippi's children requires innovation, leadership, and timely solutions. Today, our state continues to face unprecedented challenges in accessing behavioral healthcare services that are timely, coordinated, affordable, and delivered by highly skilled and deeply passionate healthcare professionals.

Canopy proudly serves over 5,000 children each year through a variety of statewide solutions and interventions, including residential psychiatric programs, fully accredited schools, in-home family preservation and reunification services, in-home community based mental health services, therapeutic foster care, and outpatient clinics. Canopy remains committed to providing children, youth and young adults with maximal opportunities to overcome behavioral health challenges and reach their full potential to lead self-determined lives of meaning and dignity. Canopy has always been and will continue to be focused on creating solutions for the most vexing challenges facing Mississippi’s children and families. The following four strategic directions will serve as areas of strategic focus that build on the foundation of our four core values that have informed every aspect of our planning process and will guide every step of our implementation. The Four strategic directions include: (1) Our People - This includes our strategic efforts for our staff, our board, our volunteers, our interns, our family and youth partners, and our business and community partners. (2) Our Solutions - This refers to the full array of solutions under our “Canopy” (also referred to as services or programs) as well as our innovations and best practices, our Information Technology, and our Quality Management efforts. (3) Our Stewardship - This strategic goal attends to our stewardship efforts over our finances, cash position, risk and compliance, property and donors. (4) Our Impact - This strategic focus will examine the impact we are making through the metrics that matter in the lives of the individuals, families, communities, state, and nation. This strategic focus will also examine the impact of our brand identification as a pivotal thought leader, advocate, and service provider supporting the development of healthy children.

For over 100 years, Canopy has provided innovative mental health, social and educational solutions to Mississippi’s most vulnerable children and youth. The organization, founded as Mississippi Children’s Home Society in 1912, was first established with the purpose of placing children into permanent, loving homes. Canopy’s programs developed for Mississippi’s children, youth, and families continue to evolve to meet society’s changing needs. Today, Canopy serves all 82 counties through a full range of innovative solutions. Canopy's has 18 locations around the state and an extensive statewide infrastructure of mental & behavioral health professionals, nurse practitioners, therapists, social workers, case managers, teachers, forensic interviewers and longstanding networks that enable us to create and scale solutions to address vexing problems for children and families quickly and efficiently. Canopy leaders also work to advocate for new public policies to create better access to services for children and families. Canopy programs include: - (2) CARES Schools located in Jackson and Hattiesburg (serving more than 30 school districts) - Inpatient psychiatric residential treatment facility located in Jackson (serving children from around the state) - Diagnostic Emergency Children's Shelter located in Warren County (serving children from around the state) - (2) South MS Child Advocacy Centers located in Harrison and Jackson counties (serving the MS Gulfcoast) - Community-based in-home mental health treatment (MYPAC) (available in all 82 MS counties) - Community-based in-home family preservation and reunification services (In-Circle) (available in all 82 MS counties) - Community-based resource connection service program (LINK) (available to most MS counties) - Outpatient mental and behavioral health clinics located in Jackson, Hattiesburg, and Gulfport - Early Intervention Autism Solutions located in Jackson and Hattiesburg

Successful service providers must excel in many domains. They must provide excellent care reflective of best practices and be responsive to the voices of multiple stakeholders, including youth, families and payers. They must be visionary, progressive, and accountable. They must value and invest in their employees and set a bar for excellence in all they do. They must be a prominent player in the external environment and be a credible voice in public policy forums. They must demonstrate program effectiveness and compliance, which demand good information systems. Canopy has set strategic markers to insure we not only survive, but thrive in each of these requirements. Canopy has dedicated Quality and Compliance departments that track and analyze established best practice metrics for each program.

For over 100 years, Canopy Children’s Solutions has offered a bold vision to address the most vexing problems facing Mississippi children and families. From children abandoned as orphans at the turn of the century to current challenges with homeless pregnant teens, youth struggling with crippling addictions or mental health concerns, or the growing epidemic of children diagnosed on the autism spectrum, Canopy has provided both the vision and the solutions for Mississippi’s children and families. Canopy has made an intentional shift to create solutions for the 131,000 children in Mississippi with significant mental & behavioral health challenges. Canopy is focused on providing services through an integrated healthcare delivery method. Canopy is uniquely positioned to export our expertise into schools, pediatric and primary care settings to come alongside children and families who have suffered from challenges related to mental or behavioral health, substance abuse and autism spectrum disorder.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes