Consider This: Fund Mental Health Care services - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Consider This: Fund Mental Health Care services

Consider This is an editorial series by WDAM General Manager Jama Killingsworth. Souce: WDAM Consider This is an editorial series by WDAM General Manager Jama Killingsworth. Souce: WDAM
PINE BELT (WDAM) -

Recently, Mississippians learned that a mentally ill man in our state has been jailed for five years without being tried for a crime rather than being placed in a mental health facility.  No one knows exactly how many mentally ill people are roaming about, endangering themselves or others, receiving no treatment and no medication to help them.

This year, Mississippi has been listed nationally as the number 10 state with the largest cutbacks of funds allocated for mental health.  Lawmakers have slashed $8.3 million from the Department of Mental Health budget for the fiscal year, and more than 30 beds serving psychiatric patients and a male chemical dependency program were scheduled for closing. The Chemical Dependency Unit served 429 males in FY15.  South Mississippi State Hospital was scheduled to close five psychiatric beds which previously served 80 people per year.  Wait times to receive mental health services for out-patients are so long that many in need are not receiving services. Many children and youth are in dire need of out-patient mental health services and receiving none.

Too many times, we have read or heard about an innocent person being injured or murdered by an untreated mentally ill person. And too many times, mentally ill people are incarcerated, where they will receive no treatment to help deter their behavior.

Consider This: For the safety of our citizens and to help those in need, mental health services desperately need to be funded, provided, and made readily available.

Copyright WDAM 2016. All rights reserved. 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Last minute grocery shoppers filled the aisles Wednesday

    Last minute grocery shoppers filled the aisles Wednesday

    Last minute grocery shoppers filled the aisles Wednesday

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 11:07 PM EST2017-11-23 04:07:25 GMT

    Last minute grocery shoppers filled the aisles Wednesday.   Jessica Bowman stopped into a Hattiesburg store to see what all the activity was about. Roshunda Trody said, "Two turkeys, ham, dressing, greens cabbage, french beans with white potatoes and turkey butts in it." Hefty dinner menus for Thanksgiving day. Trody said, "I'm from Hattiesburg, MS, but I'm back in town to be with my family for the holidays and doing a little bit of last minute shopping." ...

    More >>

    Last minute grocery shoppers filled the aisles Wednesday.   Jessica Bowman stopped into a Hattiesburg store to see what all the activity was about. Roshunda Trody said, "Two turkeys, ham, dressing, greens cabbage, french beans with white potatoes and turkey butts in it." Hefty dinner menus for Thanksgiving day. Trody said, "I'm from Hattiesburg, MS, but I'm back in town to be with my family for the holidays and doing a little bit of last minute shopping." ...

    More >>
  • Tickets on sale for the 5A South State Championship

    Tickets on sale for the 5A South State Championship

  • Tickets on sale for the 5A South State Championship

    Tickets on sale for the 5A South State Championship

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 9:42 PM EST2017-11-23 02:42:31 GMT
    Fans in line to buy tickets to the 5A South State Championship Wednesday in Hattiesburg. Source: WDAM.Fans in line to buy tickets to the 5A South State Championship Wednesday in Hattiesburg. Source: WDAM.

    Fans were waiting in the parking lot Wednesday outside Hattiesburg High School for tickets to go on sale for the 5A South State Championship Friday night. The Tigers are hosting the Laurel Tornadoes in a I-59 showdown.  The game, a repeat of the "Lil' Brown Jug" game will give the Tornadoes the chance at revenge, after Hattiesburg won the rivalry game 20-14 in August. Tyrone King was sitting in the parking lot at 11:30 a.m., waiting for the ticket office to open it's ...

    More >>

    Fans were waiting in the parking lot Wednesday outside Hattiesburg High School for tickets to go on sale for the 5A South State Championship Friday night. The Tigers are hosting the Laurel Tornadoes in a I-59 showdown.  The game, a repeat of the "Lil' Brown Jug" game will give the Tornadoes the chance at revenge, after Hattiesburg won the rivalry game 20-14 in August. Tyrone King was sitting in the parking lot at 11:30 a.m., waiting for the ticket office to open it's ...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly