ADMISSIONS INFORMATION

MISSISSIPPI STATE HOSPITAL
WHITFIELD CAMPUS

A program of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health.

 
WE'RE HERE FOR YOU

Mental illness is a disease that affects the brain. It is nothing to be ashamed of; and, like other illnesses such as cancer and high blood pressure, it is treatable. Mississippi State Hospital (MSH) provides compassionate, quality care to our fellow citizens in need of mental health and chemical dependency treatment.


  HOW TO GET HELP

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 Chancery Court. If a pre evaluation screening at the local mental health center suggests hospital treatment might be needed, a second evaluation must be done either by two physicians or by a physician and a licensed, certified psychologist or a Nurse Practitioner and a licensed, certified psychologist. 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.

 


WHO WE SERVE

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. The Medical Psychiatry Service is a receiving unit for chronically ill patients requiring extensive medical attention in addition to their acute mental health care.

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 has separate units for males and 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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