Some mentally ill Mississippians wait in jail for hospital beds, report finds

Last winter, a George County woman spent weeks waiting in jail for a bed at a mental health facility.
Civil commitment – when a local court orders someone to be hospitalized for treatment – is supposed to be used when a person with a serious mental illness is in crisis, not when someone has addiction, an intellectual disability or dementia. The George County woman’s diagnosis was “major neurocognitive disorder,” an umbrella term that includes dementia.
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