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First Stop Early Support Center
Institute for Disability Studies, University of Southern Mississippi
Maggie Landry – Family Specialist
First Stop is a program of the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi. IDS was designated by the Governor of the State of Mississippi as the lead entity to apply for funds under the Projects of National Significance; Projects for Family Support 360. IDS has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities to plan for the implementation of a coordinated one-stop center. These centers are to assist underserved families with a member who has a developmental disability by preserving, strengthening and maintaining the family. A First Stop council has been established to plan for the implementation of a coordinated one-stop center to assist military and veteran families who have child or adult member with a developmental disability.