Lawsuit targets state youth mental health treatment

A lawsuit by the Southern Poverty Law Center claims Mississippi illegally sends mentally ill children to institutions instead of caring for them at home. The claim is that they violate the Medicaid Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Federal officials issued a report accusing the state of widespread violations. Negotiations to improve mental health care for children has now broken off because the state didn’t want a federal judge to oversee implementation according to lawyers with Attorney General Jim Hood’s office. A transcript proves that an agreement had been reached but talks were aborted due to the oversight issue. The state wants a private settlement which means the plaintiffs could have to sue again if they disagree with the state’s remedies. The Federal Government has commented on the case but has yet to enter into the lawsuit officially.

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