- Addiction Recovery Treatment
The hospital is located on a 350-acre campus in Whitfield, MS, 15 miles southeast of Jackson, the state capital. Mississippi State Hospital operates 373 hospital beds and is accredited by the Joint Commission. The program also includes 328 licensed nursing home beds.
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 substance use treatment. Each individual receives treatment from an interdisciplinary team of professionals who provide medical, nursing, social, psychological, and recreational services.
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 individual we serve receives care from a interdisciplinary team of professionals who provide medical, nursing, social, psychological, educational and recreational services. 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.
The Substance Use Service provides services to adult in need of treatment for alcohol and/or drug addiction. The SUS program includes a short detoxification period, basic medical care, group therapy, counseling, family conferences and introduction to Alcoholics Anonymous.