Public report analyzes Mississippi mental health spending

Published: Jun. 19, 2017 at 10:58 AM CDT
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A report commissioned by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health confirms federal findings that the state has spent more on institutional care than community-based services for people with mental disabilities.

The state released the report Saturday after settlement with The Clarion-Ledger. The newspaper fought a legal battle for public disclosure of the $300,000 taxpayer-funded document.

The report found institutional treatment has made up "a disproportionately large share" of spending.

The Technical Assistance Collaborative is a Boston-based nonprofit group hired by the state. It analyzed Medicaid fee-for-service information for budget years 2010 through 2014; and managed care information for 2013 and 2014.

The report said use and spending trends for home- and community-based services "are largely in the right direction," but more work is needed to promote those services.