State hospital cancels private contract

Source: Jimmie E. Gates, Clarion-Ledger, May 26, 2014

Five months after the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield privatized its Community Services Division, the contract with Key Behavioral Essentials has been terminated. “The Department of Mental Health has terminated the certification of the provider that was to assume responsibility for providing services to some of the individuals who had been receiving services through the hospital’s Community Services Division,” Mississippi State Hospital spokesman Adam Moore said last week. “Based on that decertification, Mississippi State Hospital canceled the agreement with the provider.” …. McNair said it appeared the private company lacked experience in treating people with mental illness, especially serious mental illness.