Public report analyzes Mississippi mental health spending

A report commissioned by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health confirms federal findings that the state has spent more on institutional care than community-based services for people with mental disabilities.

The state released the report Saturday after settlement with The Clarion-Ledger. The newspaper fought a legal battle for public disclosure of the $300,000 taxpayer-funded document.

The report found institutional treatment has made up “a disproportionately large share” of spending.