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Mental health cutting services amid budget woes

Because of state budget cuts, Mississippi will lose all of its state-operated programs to help men break an addiction to drugs and alcohol.

The state Department of Mental Health says Tuesday that it will close two chemical dependency units for men — one with 42 beds at the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield and one with 25 beds at the East Mississippi State Hospital in Meridian. People needing the services will have to seek them from other health care providers.

Diana Mikula, the department’s director, says other services will be reduced because of budget cuts.

South Mississippi State Hospital in Purvis will close five beds for people needing treatment for serious mental illness.

Ellisville State School will stop instruction for children from birth to age 3.


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  1. This “crisis” is the direct result of ill-advised tax cuts in Bryant’s first term.
    We simply cannot afford to give more money away to corporations again with this next round of tax giveaways. This is insanity! Do our “leaders” not see the mess such foolishness created in Louisiana? Are the people who run this state really that stupid?

  2. Tete Reeves was on MPB this morning saying Mental Health received an increase in funding and that these cuts were a choice.

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