Tuesday night, an Ocean Springs Aldermen tells News 25 the city is ready to comply with the U.S. Department of Justice and put to rest the matter of the Psycamore Psychiatric Clinic. This comes in the wake of a Department of Justice investigation which found the city had discriminated against the facility.
The findings of the investigation were released Friday and the department found Ocean Springs to be in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to the Department of Justice, Ocean Springs discriminated against Psycamore Mental Health Clinic.
In 2011, Psycamore wanted to locate an outpatient clinic in Ocean Springs, but the Board of Aldermen denied its request after a community campaign distributed flyers depicting Jack Nicholson from the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. After the denial, the U.S. Department of Justice opened an investigation.
Now the department is requiring Ocean Springs to allow Psycamore to locate in the city, pay Psycamore compensation for damages, and for all city employees and officials to undergo sensitivity training.
Billy Guice, Psycamore’s attorney, says, “It says very poorly about the aldermen. The whole city shouldn’t be condemned because of a bad decision by a few. The City of Ocean Springs, this did not reflect the citizens’ view, from what I have seen.”
If Ocean Springs does not comply with the Department of Justice, the city faces fines and a loss of federal grant money.