Analysis: Mental health suit long time coming

When the U.S. Justice Department sued Mississippi last week over adult mental health services, it might as well have delivered the legal papers with a neon yellow sticky note saying: We told you this was coming.

The Justice Department has sued about a dozen states over the way they provide services for people with mental illness, and Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says he has been talking to federal officials for several years to try to head off litigation in this state.

The federal suit says Mississippi has failed to provide community-based services that would enable people with mental illness to have meaningful interaction with friends and family and to make decisions about work and daily life.

Clarion Ledger