Public Records Request
All records and portions of records not exempt from disclosure will be made available in accordance with the procedures outlined in the agency’s policy adopted in compliance with the Mississippi Public Records Act of 1983, Miss. Code Ann. §25-61-1 thru 25-61-19, and the Mississippi Ethics Commission’s Model for Public Records Rules and Title 18, Part 22, Chapter 1 of the MS Administrative Code. The General Counsel of MDHS has oversight of the Public Records Division. Any person wishing to request access to the Public Records of MDHS, or seeking assistance in making such a request should contact the public records Officer or Designee of MDHS. All requests to examine, copy, or obtain public records, not found on the website, MDHS should be in writing and submitted via mail, fax, or e-mail. The request should provide as much detail as possible about the records requested; including the preferred format (paper copy, flash drive, electronic or inspection) and must include the name, address, and contact information (email address and phone number) of the requestor. See Public Record Request Form below. Requests can be sent to any of the following:
Public Records Division
Mississippi Department of Human Services
Post Office Box 352
Jackson, MS 39205-0352
Officer: Ashleigh Quinn
Public Records Request Frequently Asked Questions
Any person(s) wanting to gain access to public records should fill out a request form (available here) and submit it via email, fax, in person to MDHS, or mail to MDHS Public Records Division.
If you are requesting your own records, a notarized form must be submitted in order to verify your identity and protect the privacy of your personal information.
All records from Oakley Youth Development Center require an order from the Youth Court specifying to whom the records will be released, the extent of the records which may be released, and the purpose of the disclosure. If you need these records, contact the Youth Court Administrator in the county in which the records originated.
What do I need to submit if I am a third party requesting records of another individual, for example, a client or employee of the agency?
Any third party looking to gain records of an individual(s) who is a current or former employee of MDHS or is a current or former client of MDHS must submit an Authorization to Release Records which has been signed by the individual whose records you are seeking and notarized.
Whom shall I contact if I need records from the Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services?
Persons seeking records from Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services should contact MDCPS directly. MDHS no longer maintains any Child Protective Service records.
For Public Records contact Lea Brandon at 601-359-4364 or email@example.com.
For Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry call 601-359-4487, 601-359-4538, 601-359-4198, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For other State Public Child Welfare Agencies requesting a historical records search email email@example.com or fill out a form online at https://na2.docusign.net/Member/PowerFormSigning.aspx?PowerFormId=89e1f509-8ddd-4e1a-83d2-33a479dedb7e
What if I need verification of child support payments from the Division of Child Support Enforcement or a copy of the Court Order establishing or modifying child support?
The Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) handles requests for verification of payments or copies of court orders. You can reach customer service at 877.882.4916.