CMPDD offers variety of services
Drawing up transportation plans and funding road projects are just a portion of the duties taken on by the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District (CMPDD).
The agency also provides meals on wheels to shut-ins, as well as home health care services and work force training, and serves as an administrator for the small business loan and community development block grant programs, said CEO Mike Monk.
The services provided by the agency significantly cut down on overall administrative costs for local governments.
“We’re a very diverse organization. We do a number of things. When I tell folks about what we do, they’re surprised,” he said.
CMPDD has 102 employees and an annual budget of around $28 million. The majority of its funding comes from the federal and state government, he said.
CMPDD has been around since 1968 and serves a seven-county region, including Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties.
It has provided meals on wheels and home health care for years. The agency got involved in workforce training in the early 1990s, Monk explained.
“All the planning and development programs across the state have been doing this,” he said.
The agency has a WIN Job Center in Canton, and subcontracts with Hinds Community College to provide GED and vocational training.
He said the services provided by CMPDD help cut down on administrative costs for city and county governments.
“The cost of providing these services, if you spread them across each municipality, would be very expensive,” he said. “We’re like a co-op. We can reach out to all of the governments in our region and provide the services more efficiently.”
Another example of how CMPDD is cutting costs is through its home health program. The services are provided to around 2,400 people, and another 1,500 are on the waiting list, Monk said.
“Medicaid provides care for the elderly to be in nursing homes. Sometimes, we have folks in nursing homes who could be at home with managed care.
“Social workers go out and see these individuals every month and help manage their care to keep them in their homes as long as possible,” he said. “It’s pennies on the dollar for what it would cost to have them in nursing homes.”
In addition to home health care, CMPDD provides respite care services, to aid caregivers.
“If you take care of mom around the clock, through this program we can provide someone to come in and give you a break. It wouldn’t be a nurse necessarily, but it would be someone like those sitters people hire directly,” he said.
“We are involved in several programs dealing with aging. We have an ombudsman who goes to nursing homes to make sure they’re meeting certain standards.”
The agency has a 32-member board of directors, which is made up of county and city officials, and business and civic leaders.
Jackson’s representatives include Mayor Tony Yarber and Ward Four Councilman De’Keither Stamps. Hinds County reps include District Two Supervisor Darrel McQuirter and District Four Supervisor Mike Morgan.
Also serving on the board are Northside restaurateur Jeff Good and Madison County District Four Supervisor David Bishop, according to CMPDD’s Web site.
The agency likely is best known for allocating federal dollars for local transportation projects.
In February, the agency announced funding for 26 metro-area road, bridge and street lighting projects.
On the Northside, the agency allocated $375,000 for traffic signal upgrades at Old Canton Road and Lakeland Drive in Fondren, around $1.9 million to repave North State Street from Fortification Street to Webster Drive, and $1.4 million to repave Northside Drive from I-55 to North State.