Health Department Closing Over Half Of Offices

GREENWOOD, MS (Ben Caxton) — The Mississippi State Department of Health is closing two-thirds of its regional offices. Offices in Tupelo, Jackson, and Biloxi will remain but the department will save $1.5 million by closing regional offices in Batesville, Greenwood, Starkville, Meridian, McComb and Hattiesburg. No layoffs are expected at county health clinics or the three remaining district offices but some jobs will be eliminated through retirements and resignations and other workers will be reassigned. The Health Department started the current budget year with $36 million in state funding but lost $5 million in midyear cuts; it is budgeted to receive less than $25 million in the new fiscal year beginning July 1st.



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