A program of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health.


Mental illness is a disease that affects the brain. Mississippi State Hospital (MSH) provides compassionate, quality care to individuals in need of mental health and chemical dependency treatment.


A person may be admitted to MSH through commitment–a legal process in which a court orders a person to the hospital for treatment or evaluation. The first step toward helping someone receive our services begins with filing an affidavit (a legal document) at the Clerks Office. If they recommend treatment in a hospital or other mental health program, the judge will make a decision based on all the evidence presented as to whether treatment is necessary and, if so, at an inpatient or outpatient program.

Once a person is committed to MSH, the Chancery Court sends the required legal documents to the hospital's Admissions Office. Each person we serve receives immediate, individualized care from a team of professionals who provide medical, nursing, social work, psychological, educational and recreational care. When needed, occupational, physical and speech therapies, dieticians and chaplains are available. For a smooth transition from the hospital following treatment, discharge planning begins immediately. No one who has felony charges pending may be admitted to MSH unless through special order by the Circuit Court.



MSH provides mental health care to adults, children and teens through Inpatient Services:

Adult Psychiatric Services: There are two admission areas for psychiatric services. Acute Services are for incoming adults who are evaluated, stabilized and treated in Receiving Units.

Child and Adolescent Unit: Oak Circle Center (OCC) is an acute, short-term treatment service for children and adolescents between the ages of four and 17 years, 11 months. Specialized services are provided for children and adolescents who are emotionally, socially, psychologically or academically impaired. Education services are provided through Lakeside School, which is accredited by the State Board of Education. Commitments to OCC are handled through the Youth Court.

Chemical Dependency Unit (CDU): The CDU provides services for females in need of treatment for alcohol and/or drug addiction. The CDU program includes a short detoxification period, basic medical care, group therapy, counseling, family conferences and introduction to Alcoholics Anonymous.

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