DOJ Investigates Mississippi's Public Mental Health System
Executive Summary of DOJ Findings Letter
DOJ Findings Letter Summary Provided to Attorney General’s Office
February 25, 2011
Gov. Barbour received a letter from DOJ notifying the State of an investigation into Mississippi's public mental health system. DOJ indicated their main focus would be on investigating matters related to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Medical Assistance Act (Medicaid), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
May 31 - June 2, 2011
An investigative team from DOJ led by Deena Fox and including three attorneys, an investigator, and a paralegal visited Mississippi State Hospital, Hudspeth Regional Center, and Region 8 Community Mental Health Center.
June 16, 2011
After the visit, DMH received a follow-up letter from DOJ stating that the investigation would include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Medical Assistance Act (Medicaid), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The letter removed the mention of the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA).
June 23, 2011
DMH received a document and information request from DOJ and compiled the requested information under DMH's purview. Other requests were forwarded to the Division of Medicaid and the Community Mental Health Centers.
August 8 - 12, 2011
DOJ Attorneys and four consultants visited East Mississippi State Hospital, Ellisville State School, Specialized Treatment Facility, Boswell Regional Center, Hudspeth Regional Center, South Mississippi State Hospital, Mississippi Adolescent Center, Region 8 Community Mental Health Center, Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources, Brookhaven Crisis Stabilization Unit, Laurel Crisis Stabilization Unit, and Millcreek Rehabilitation Center. Upon completion of their visit, DOJ made another document and information request. This information is being compiled.
September 13-15, 2011
DOJ attorneys returned to visit the Board of Mental Health, Community Mental Health Care Association, Division of Medicaid, Region 15 Warren-Yazoo Mental Health Services, and the Professor and Chairman of UMC's Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior.
State Budget Increases Related to DOJ
Georgia - $77 million
The Governor called for the legislature to come up with $15 million in the amended annual budget for 2011 and $62 million in the 2012 budget. (Psychiatric News) The new funding is only a first step, however, and Georgia is obliged to invest new funding over the five-year time frame of the settlement to continue to increase access to community services. (Georgia Budget and Policy Institute)
Virginia - $30 million
Virginia's Governor has proposed adding $30 million to their budget request for more community-based treatment, including $9.8 million to expand IDD waiver slots.