Center for the Advancement of Youth

CAY Center


Coordinated care for youngsters with behavioral or developmental issues is offered at Center for the Advancement of Youth (CAY), a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment center devoted to promoting the healthy development of all Mississippi children and youth.

CAY combines telehealth technology, multidisciplinary health expertise and the support of statewide agencies to the advantage of young patients and their families. Its mission is to provide resources to fully support children and their families and provide the care they deserve, say executive director Dr. David Elkin and medical director Dr. Susan Buttross. The center’s goal is to ensure that no child or youth ages birth to 25 suffers from lack of access to appropriate behavioral or developmental care and treatment.

By coordinating health services, the center’s staff is able to walk parents and their children through what often can be a maze of services. Most young patients come to the clinic at the recommendation of their pediatricians, family doctors, school counselors or UMMC providers.

Listening carefully to the patient and parents is the first step at the center’s clinic. From there, experts in behavior and health issues work together to develop a diagnosis. If additional tests are needed, the staff coordinates appointments to help ease the family’s burden. For those who live away from the UMMC area, treatment plans often can be carried out by way of mobile health options at a regional clinic, doctor’s office or school.

CAY multidisciplinary resources include experts in:

  • Pediatrics
  • Psychology
  • Psychiatry
  • Genetics
  • Adolescent medicine
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Neurology
  • Family medicine
  • Communicative services (hearing and speech therapy)
  • Nursing
  • Social work
  • Education

For more information about Center for the Advancement of Youth, contact the CAY coordinator at 601-984-4465.