For Laid-off Workers

Services and Resources for Laid-off Workers

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) provides Rapid Response services to help laid-off workers by providing information on services and resources to help them transition to a new job as quickly as possible. This includes the Rapid Response folder, which contains information to assist with personal and immediate needs—such as Health Insurance Marketplace, mortgage assistance, Unemployment Insurance, as well as information about employment assistance and training opportunities available through your local area WIN Job Centers and partner agencies.

Below is a partial list of services and resources included in the folder. To request a Rapid Response folder or for more information, call 800-762-2781.

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To download a copy of the most recent Rapid Response Resource Booklet, click here.


Your Personal and Immediate Needs

Stress Management

Mississippi Department of Mental Health, phone: 877-210-8513

United Way

Dial 211, information on a broad range of services state-wide

ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions

Free, confidential financial planning assistance, phone: 800-251-2227

Mortgage Assistance

Visit for more information or to apply

Mississippi Association of Community Action Agencies (MACAA)

MACAA provides programs and services to help with a variety of needs, including childcare, transportation, etc. Contact your local Community Action Agency to find out about specific programs in your area.

For more information, click here.

Health Insurance and Prescription Drug Assistance

Assistance to receive prescriptions free or at reduced cost:, phone: 877-267-0517, phone: 877-331-0362, phone: 888-477-2669

Health Insurance Marketplace for individual or family coverage

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Through Mississippi Division of Medicaid for uninsured children up to age 19. Allowable income levels are higher to be eligible. Family of four can earn about $4,155 per month and qualify.

Call 877-543-7669 for information and office locations, or to visit the website, click here.

If you want an application mailed to you or if you need telephone assistance, call the Division of Medicaid at 1-800-421-2408 or contact the regional office that serves your county of residence.

WIN Job Centers

These centers provide easy access to employment services such as job search, retraining services, resume preparation assistance, free use of computer, copiers, fax machines and telephone for job search activities. They also offer priority service for veterans.

Many WIN Job Centers have free workshops on job search skills training, basic computer skills such as Microsoft Word, Excel and more. Contact the nearest center to find what is available.

You can register for work at your nearest WIN Job Center, or online using this website.

Unemployment Insurance

To register for benefits after a layoff, click here

or call 888-844-3577.

For an overview of Unemployment Claims, click here.

Information about benefits is also provided in the Rapid Response folder.

Mississippi Community and Junior Colleges

Staffs of Community and Junior Colleges are available at WIN Job Centers on a scheduled basis and may help provide information and assistance with a variety of services such as short-term training and retraining opportunities and career and aptitude assessments.

For a list of Community and Junior Colleges in Mississippi, go here.

Starting Your Own Business

The Mississippi Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) is a business resource to connect you with experienced counselors to guide you through the business development process.

For more information, click here to visit the web site: or call 800-725-7232.