The organization that later became Canopy Children’s Solutions (Canopy) opened its doors in 1912 with the mission of placing orphaned children into permanent, loving homes. In 1943, the Mississippi Children’s Home Society (as it was then called) amended its charter to permit the Society to extend its services to single mothers. This change, along with the challenge of protecting children from unregulated adoptions, ultimately led to the establishment of the Crestview Maternity Home in 1957. Services to single mothers continued expanding, and in 1965 Crestview became a member of National Crittenton, changing its name to Crestview-Crittenton Home.
Canopy Children’s Solutions strives to provide children and families with a continuum of behavioral health, educational, and social service solutions. Canopy does this through a range of programs including a Therapeutic Foster Care program, Early Intervention Autism services, a Child Advocacy Center, emergency shelters, educational solutions, psychiatric services, and outpatient services. Canopy also offers care coordination services for each child and their family.
Early Intervention Autism Services are available for families with children 18 months to 8 years old who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The program is offered in both clinic and community-based settings. The program utilizes Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques and includes clinical therapy, school-based consultation, parent training, as well as comprehensive psycho-educational and behavioral assessments.
Intensive psychiatric solutions include the Mississippi Youth Programs Around the Clock (MYPAC) program and CARES Center that are available for children and their families struggling with severe emotional and behavioral issues. MYPAC is a home and community-based program that is an alternative to psychiatric residential services. Each family is provided with an individualized plan, intensive in-home therapy, crisis intervention, case management, psychiatric services, family education and support, and social skills development. CARES Center is available when a child and family are in an extended crisis and in need of safety. The 24-hour psychiatric residential treatment facilities provide a multidisciplinary child and family team that includes therapists, family partners, school staff, dietary staff, and residential staff. Youth have access to therapy, medical services, recreational activities, social skill training, and education provided at Canopy’s CARES Schools when staying at a CARES Center.
CARES Schools are available in two locations throughout Mississippi and serve students grades 1-12 with emotional disability, health impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Specific Learning Disabilities who find that the interventions available to them through their public school are not a good fit. CARES schools offer specialized classrooms, consultations, and access to a full continuum of services and an extended school year.
Canopy’s in-CIRCLE program is an intensive, home and community-based family preservation, reunification, and support services program for families with children who are at risk of out-of-home placement by the Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services. in-Circle In-Home services include 24/7 crisis intervention, individual and family therapy, skills training, wrap-around services, child and family team meetings, and care coordination.
John D. Damon, Ph.D. serves as Canopy’s Chief Executive Officer, bringing clinical and executive leadership experience spanning more than 25 years. Joining Canopy in 1993, he began as a therapist at the CARES Center Jackson. He went on to become Clinical Director and serve in the capacity of CARES Center Director and Chief Operating Officer before transitioning to CEO in 2013. As the primary public figure for the organization, John plays a critical role in fostering relationships between Canopy and other leading healthcare providers, political entities and professional thought leaders and organizations.