Men’s Alcohol and Drug Commitments a Thing of the Past
May 12, 2016 § 5 Comments
The Department of Mental Health announced that, effective July 1, 2016, it will no longer accept new male patients into its drug and alcohol treatment facilities at Whitfield and Meridian. The programs are being discontinued due to budget cuts by the Mississippi legislature.
Men who are on the agency’s waiting list will be admitted until the cut-off date, but no new patients will be added to the list.
More than 50 employees will be laid off, although some will be eligible for reassignment to other jobs.
Women’s alcohol and drug treatment services at Whitfield will continue for now. Those services were unavailable for women in Meridian.
In this part of the state, Weems Community Mental Health offers an alcohol and drug treatment program, but it accepts voluntary patients only, all of whom must pay for treatment on a sliding scale.
Also, I understand that the number of psychiatric beds at East Mississippi, Whitfield, and smaller facilities is being scaled back for budgetary reasons, but I don’t have any particulars.
These are the people in the shadows about whom I have blogged here before.
[Note: This is the best information I could piece together; if I learn anything different, I will edit this post.]