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Promoting self-sufficiency and personal responsibility for all Mississippians.


Meet our Team

Christopher Freeze

Executive Director

A lifetime of service and a commitment to helping others led Christopher Freeze to accept an appointment as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS). Governor Phil Bryant appointed Freeze to the post on August 1, 2019.

As executive director, Mr. Freeze oversees an agency responsible for providing a wide range of public assistance to children and families throughout Mississippi. Under his leadership, agency staff helps Mississippians move from a state of crisis to self-sufficiency through targeted state assistance programs. This assistance makes a profound difference to these families and improves the quality of life within the state. With more than $1 billion in economic contributions per year, MDHS is one of the largest economic drivers in the state.

Before his appointment at MDHS, Mr. Freeze served 23 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), most recently as Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Jackson Division. As the head of the FBI in Mississippi, Mr. Freeze worked to strengthen partnerships with public and private sector agencies, brought attention to the challenges facing law enforcement, and encouraged individuals to demonstrate leadership by helping children and families in need.

Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Freeze worked as an investigative auditor for the State of Tennessee, where he investigated fraud against the government.

A native southerner, Mr. Freeze holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Arts in Religion from Lipscomb University, as well as a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University.

JACOB BLACKDeputy Executive Director for Operations
Jacob is from McCool, Mississippi. He attended Mississippi State University for his undergraduate degree and is a graduate of Mississippi School of Law. He has served in many capacities within the agency and quickly rose through the ranks beginning as a Child Support Attorney. He then served as General Counsel to the Executive Directors Office, Deputy Administrator of Administration and now is in his current role over operations.
DAVID BARTONDeputy Executive Director for Administration
David is originally from Kosciusko, Mississippi, and currently lives in Brandon, MS. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from The University of Mississippi and a Master of Public Policy and Administration Degree from Mississippi State University. Before beginning employment with MDHS, David spent over 31 years in various leadership positions on active duty with the Mississippi National Guard, retiring as a Colonel from his last assignment as Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel. He currently serves as Deputy Executive Director for Administration.

The Mississippi Department of Human Services is dedicated to serving others while providing a wide range of public assistance programs, social services and support for children, low-income individuals and families. The agency seeks to empower families so they can become self-sufficient and responsible for their future success.

Work With Us

The Mississippi Department of Human Services offers current and prospective employees the opportunity to excel in a career where one can provide assistance to the state’s vulnerable population while meeting his or her personal goals and dreams. MDHS currently has positions available throughout the state. Those positions range from:

  • Accountants
  • Social Workers
  • Attorneys
  • Counselors
  • Teachers
  • Plus many more!

We are looking for vibrant, qualified individuals to join the MDHS team!

Visit Mississippi State Personnel Board website for all job postings.

The department also offers its employees a vast array of benefits, including but not limited to:

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Olivia Y. Lawsuit

Olivia Y., et al. v. Barbour, et al.
(Civil Action No.3:04CV251LN)

Olivia Y. was filed in March 2004 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Jackson, Division, against the Governor of Mississippi, the Executive Director of the Department of Human Services, and the Director of the MDHS, Division of Family and Children’s Services, all in their official capacities. This case alleged that Mississippi’s foster care system was failing to adequately protect children in its custody and provide necessary services in violation of their federal constitutional rights. This lawsuit sought only court-ordered changes in the system; money damages were never at issue.

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Disclaimer, Terms & Conditions

All information provided on the MDHS website is believed to be correct. However, no liability is assumed for errors in substance or form of any of the materials published on this website. Electronic versions of documents appearing on this site may not display the text of these documents exactly as the printed versions.

MDHS provides the information contained in this website as a service to the Internet community. MDHS tries to provide quality information, but makes no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to this website. In addition, MDHS is not liable for information on sites that are linked to the MDHS website. Further, MDHS is not responsible for any content contained on sites that are linked to the MDHS website.

Images included on the MDHS website may be licensed and copyrighted. Copyright restrictions expressly prohibit downloading licensed photographic materials, republication, retransmission, reproduction or any other use of the licensed photographic images.

For more information, email: mdhs.communications@mdhs.ms.gov.

Privacy Statement for the Mississippi Department of Human Services

The Mississippi Department of Human Services respects the rights of privacy for those who visit the MDHS website and agency collects no personally identifying information about visitors to the site unless that information is provided by the visitor. Any personally identifying information provided through the website will be used only to respond to an inquiry or comment to address any issue identified by the visitor or for statistical purposes. Such personally identifying information will not be sold or given to other entities for commercial or marketing purposes.

The routine technical information that is collected through the site by visitors includes:

  • The name of the domain from which the visitor accesses the Internet.
  • The date and time of the visit to the MDHS website.
  • Which pages were viewed on the MDHS website.
  • If the MDHS site is linked directly to another site that information is collected.

This information is used for statistical purposes and to make the MDHS website more useful to visitors. It does not identify a visitor personally. For questions or comments, emails can be directed to webspinner@mdhs.ms.gov.