Four Mental Health Facilities Asked to Develop Closure Plans

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Officials with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health say they may no longer be able to pay for the agency's existing programs, unless they receive at least $44 million next fiscal year.

Officials say the agency has already closed early intervention programs, more than 200 beds at Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield and a dorm at the Mississippi Adolescent Center in Brookhaven.

Four of the agency's facilities have been asked to develop contingency closure plans.

Agency spokeswoman Wendy Bailey says the agency will make its budget request to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee in September.

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