Clint Ashley was recently certified as a Licensed Mental Health/Mental Retardation Administrator with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. Ashley serves as director of the Laurel Crisis Intervention Center operated by South Mississippi State Hospital and also serves as interim director of security and risk management at the Purvis campus of the hospital. Ashley, a Covington County resident, has been employed with SMSH since the hospital’s opening in 2000.
The Laurel CIC is a 16-bed crisis intervention and acute care facility that is operated by South Mississippi State Hospital, a 50-bed acute care facility in Purvis offering mental health treatment and services for adults in the southern part of the state.
The Licensed MH/MR Administrator program is a professional credentialing program designed for top-level mental health, mental retardation or addiction program administrators within the DMH. Acceptance into the program requires a master’s degree or higher and completion of the Certified Public Manager and FOCUS programs.
FOCUS is an accelerated leadership program designed for the Mississippi DMH to develop leaders from within. The overall goal of the program is to have the right people, with the right skills, at the right time. Ashley completed the FOCUS program in August 2009.
He holds a Master of Science Degree in Workforce Training and Development from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a 2003 graduate of the John C. Stennis Institute of Government. He completed the Mississippi State Certified Public Managers Program in 2002 and was awarded the National Askew Award for best model project entitled “An Interdisciplinary Approach to Patient Safety.” Ashely also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration from The University of Mississippi.