Mental health services to stay on the Coast
The Harrison County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution that will ensure Gulf Coast Mental Health Center continues services in Harrison County.
The county has agreed to ask the four-commissioner board that oversees GCMG to ask the Mississippi Department of Mental Health and the four-county commission consisting of Harrison, Hancock, Stone, and Pearl River counties to put up 50 percent of the 2020 budget in order to keep the doors open and the services flowing.
The resolution also calls for seeking assistance from an outside mental health agency such as Region 12 in the Pine Belt area to help ensure long-term sustainability.
Harrison County Board of Supervisors President Dr. Marlin Ladner says it is important the community knows mental health services will still be available to the area. “To assure the public that we are working diligently, that’s all the boards of supervisors, to make sure those services are not interrupted. It’s a very serious issue and therefore we want to assure the public that mental health services in Region 13 will continue to serve.”
The next board of supervisors meeting will be August 5th.