Kelly Reid of Pearl River County graduated from the Mississippi Department of Mental Health’s (DMH) Focus Program on Friday, May 17, at Duncan Gray Center in Canton. DMH’s Accelerated Leadership Development Program “Focus” offers a unique opportunity for employees to hone their skills to greater and higher personal performance and self-awareness.
Reid is the human resource director at South Mississippi State Hospital in Purvis. She has been employed at SMSH since November 2007. Reid is a member of the Human Resources Administration Society of the Mississippi Hospital Association, the South Mississippi Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, and Friends of South Mississippi State Hospital.
South Mississippi State Hospital in Purvis is an acute-care, regional behavioral health program that provides services for adults with mental illness. SMSH serves Lamar, Forrest, Marion, Perry, Greene, Wayne, Jones, Covington, Jefferson Davis, Stone, Pearl River, Harrison, Hancock, George and Jackson counties.
“Focus is one of the most exciting projects our agency has been involved with,” said Ed LeGrand, DMH Executive Director. “This groundbreaking initiative is helping to strengthening our employees and build upon their talents. DMH’s mission is to support a better tomorrow today and this is one of our efforts to prepare the leaders of tomorrow.”
The goal is to help DMH employees reach maximum capacity and to develop “bench strength” for the agency. This experience challenges participates to grow to new heights in both ability and attitude. “Focus” lasts 12-18 months and involves four multi-day retreats.