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County worried about impact of Justice Department report on ESS

ELLISVILLE — The Economic Development Authority of Jones County lists Ellisville State School as the county’s third largest employer.With more than 1,500 on its employment roster, the Ellisville-based health care facility falls behind only Howard Industries and South Central Regional Medical Center as the county’s top employer. Ellisville Mayor Tim Waldrup said Ellisville State School has played a vital role ...

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Singing River opens new mental health facility

GULFPORT — Singing River Health System has cut the ribbon on its new location in Gulfport for providing behavioral health services. “We’re fortunate with Singing River Health System to have seven physicians and nine therapists that work with our program,” said Lynn Truelove, COO for programs, SRHS. “We’re now in a position where we can provide services beyond just the ...

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Justice Department investigating mental health system

JACKSON — The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether Mississippi’s mental health system is discriminating against disabled persons by funding large psychiatric institutions at the expense of community-based care. The state Department of Mental Health said Mississippi has significantly improved care for disabled patients since the ruling, despite a lack of funds. Critics, however, said state policymakers have resisted shifting ...

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Survey: Depression high on post-oil spill Coast

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — Before the BP oil spill, the Gulf Coast was a place of abundant shrimping, tourist-filled beaches and a happy if humble lifestyle. Now, it’s home to depression, worry and sadness for many. A Gallup survey released today of almost 2,600 coastal residents showed that depression cases are up more than 25 percent since an explosion killed ...

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SMSH expands service into four more counties

PURVIS — The Mississippi Department of Mental Health has revised the psychiatric services catchment areas for Mississippi State Hospital in Whitfield and South Mississippi State Hospital (SMSH) in Purvis. Effective immediately, the catchment area for SMSH will include Hancock, Harrison, Stone and Pearl River counties in addition to the nine counties the Purvis facility currently serves. Since it’s opening in ...

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Mental health centers avert funding crisis

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Mental Health has agreed to pay half the cost of Medicaid matching funds to help the state’s 15 community mental health centers through June 2012. Officials feared the community centers may close because they didn’t have funds for the state’s share of the match to pull down federal funds to treat Medicaid recipients. ...

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Mental health facilities asked to submit plans

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Mental Health has asked four facilities to develop contingency closing plans by the end of August in case the Legislature doesn’t provide adequate funding in the next fiscal year. The facilities are North Mississippi State Hospital in Tupelo, South Mississippi State Hospital in Purvis, Mississippi Adolescent Center in Brookhaven and Central Mississippi Residential ...

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Rehab program relocating amid restructuring

BROOKHAVEN — A drug and alcohol rehabilitation program is moving out of Lincoln County amid a restructuring of local mental health facilities. Dr. Steve Ellis, executive director of Southwest Mississippi Community Mental Health Complex, also known as Region 11, said the men’s and women’s rehabilitation programs at Newhaven Recovery Center in Brookhaven will be moved to a facility in Mendenhall ...

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Louisiana wants funding for mental health services from BP

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana’s health secretary is again asking BP PLC for $10 million for mental health services to state residents affected by the oil spill. Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine says counseling teams have talked to nearly 2,000 people in affected areas, and report increases in anxiety, depression, stress, grief, drinking, and thoughts of suicide. In a ...

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Crisis centers' operations passing to nonprofits

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Lincoln County supervisors have voted to become a member of Region 8 Mental Health Services, a geographically smaller but much better-funded organization promising to improve local mental health services. The county board of supervisors voted 4-1 to end a 36-year affiliation with Southwest Mississippi Community Mental Health Complex, also called Region 11. The Brookhaven Daily Leader reports ...

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