Will mental health suits be combined?

If Mississippi gets its way, a long-running case challenging the state’s mental health care for children could be rolled up with the more recent suit by the federal government over how the state provides mental health care for adults.

The federal government, though, is fighting that effort, saying the two cases should remain distinct.

The Troupe case was filed in 2010 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, alleging Mississippi was far too reliant on sending children away from their families to psychiatric institutions for mental health treatment. The adult case was filed in August, making similar accusations that adults were being confined in institutions instead of being offered care in community settings.

Clarion Ledger