Behavioral Health Programs

DMH administers and operates state behavioral health programs, a mental health community living program, and a specialized behavioral health program for youth. These programs serve designated counties or service areas and offer community living and/or community services.

The behavioral health programs provide inpatient services for people (adults and children) with serious mental illness (SMI) and substance use disorders. The services available vary according to location, but types of services include acute psychiatric care, continued treatment services, nursing home services, alcohol and drug addiction treatment services, adolescent services, and forensic services.

The behavioral health programs provide inpatient services for people (adults and children) with serious mental illness (SMI) and substance use disorders. Nursing home services are also located on the grounds of Mississippi State Hospital and East Mississippi State Hospital. In addition to the inpatient services mentioned, East Mississippi State Hospital provides transitional, community-based care.

Mississippi State Hospital

601-351-8000

Mississippi State Hospital is a behavioral health program operated by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. Located in Whitfield, MS, in Rankin County, the hospital provides acute psychiatric services, continued treatment services, forensic services, and child and adolescent psychiatric services. The hospital also operates a substance use disorder unit for alcohol and drug addiction treatment services.

Admissions to Mississippi State Hospital are handled through the court commitment process. The first step toward helping someone receive the hospital’s services begins with someone filing an affidavit at their local Chancery Clerk office.

Specialized Treatment Facility

228-328-6000

Specialized Treatment Facility provides psychiatric residential services for Mississippi adolescents who have been diagnosed with a mental disorder. Adolescents eligible for admission are between the ages of 13 and 18 who present with a diagnosable disorder and need psychiatric residential services. STF is located in Gulfport, MS.

Admissions to Specialized Treatment Facility are handled through the court commitment process or upon transfer from another DMH program.

East Mississippi State Hospital

601-581-7600

East Mississippi State Hospital is a behavioral health program operated by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. Located in Meridian, MS, in Lauderdale County, the hospital provides acute psychiatric services and operates a substance use disorder unit for alcohol and drug addiction treatment services.

Admissions to East Mississippi State Hospital are handled through the court commitment process. The first step toward helping someone receive the hospital’s services begins with someone filing an affidavit at their local Chancery Clerk office.

EMSH also provides a community living program that includes a short-term group home and supported housing services designed to assist individuals with serious mental illness in making the transition to independent living in the community.

North Mississippi State Hospital

662-690-4200

North Mississippi State Hospital is a behavioral health program operated by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. Located in Tupelo, MS, in Lee County, the hospital provides acute psychiatric services.

Admissions to North Mississippi State Hospital are handled through the court commitment process. The first step toward helping someone receive the hospital’s services begins with someone filing an affidavit at their local Chancery Clerk office.

South Mississippi State Hospital

601-794-0100

South Mississippi State Hospital is a behavioral health program operated by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. Located in Purvis, MS, in Lamar County, the hospital provides acute psychiatric services.

Admissions to South Mississippi State Hospital are handled through the court commitment process. The first step toward helping someone receive the hospital’s services begins with someone filing an affidavit at their local Chancery Clerk office.