Established in 1974, the Mississippi Department of Mental Health assesses the public health status, prevents epidemics and the spread of disease, protects against environmental hazards, guards against the occurrence of injury-causing situations and responds to disasters. The department assures the quality and accessibility of health services and provides family planning and pediatric care services. It operates several crisis intervention centers, as well as maintains various psychiatric facilities for adults. The Mississippi Department of Mental Health offers a variety of services for individuals with mental and developmental disabilities. The department additionally operates a division of autism spectrum disorders that works with service providers throughout the Department in an effort to facilitate better outcomes for individuals and families with an autism spectrum disorder. It administers the public system of alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment services. In addition, the department maintains a division of Alzheimer's disease and other dementia. It maintains a location in Jackson, Miss.