Excerpted from the September 4, 2019 article by Mihir Zaveri.
A federal judge in Mississippi ruled Wednesday that the state had violated federal civil rights law by not providing mental health patients enough care in their communities, forcing them to essentially be segregated in state-run hospitals.
“If it remains uninterested in fixing this problem, the state will be doomed to repeat it — and repeatedly have to defend it in federal court,” Judge Reeves wrote in his opinion.
The state’s attorney general, Jim Hood, said in a statement that the state would “continue to work with the court to increase the mental health services available to Mississippians.”
Published by the New York Times.