Changes to Mississippi’s mental health systems

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A federal judge is taking charge of Mississippi’s mental health system, saying the federal government has proved the state isn’t doing enough to serve its residents.

The Justice Department argued during a month-long trial that Mississippi’s movement toward community services was far too slow, forcing hundreds of thousands of people into avoidable hospital stays.

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U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves said he wants to appoint an outsider to oversee changes.

In a statement, the Harrison County Board of Supervisors said, “the county plans to work closely with the Mental Health Center in Gulfport to keep their doors open. Mental health issues are something that directly affects many of our citizens and their families. The Harrison County Board of Supervisors has been working with Memorial health officials, consultants and other experts in mental health to keep the doors of Gulf Coast Mental Health Center open and to ensure its long-term financial sustainability.”