Judge Rejects Effort to Quash Mental Health Suit

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Federal Judge Carlton Reeves will not dismiss a lawsuit challenging how the state runs its mental health system. The federal government sued Mississippi in 2016 for relying too much on sending people to psychiatric hospitals and other institutions for treatment. Under federal law states are supposed to provide care in the least restrictive setting possible, helping people live at home and not in state mental hospitals or private institutions. The state claimed the federal government didn’t have authority to sue under part of the Americans for Disabilities Act that was cited and yesterday Reeves rejected that claim. Trial is set to begin June 1st.


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