At the time that we wrote last week’s blog, we did not know that there is an Olmstead page on the Department of Mental Health’s website. This Olmstead page provides some data and information about additions and changes to community-based services the department has made. We encourage you to look through it.
Olmstead is the name of the Supreme Court lawsuit that established that the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to people with mental illness and that they should receive the right kinds of services and supports to live in the community if they want to. Every state was mandated in the early 2000s to develop an Olmstead plan. This Olmstead Checklist from the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors describes how states can develop these mandated plans.
Mississippi’s remedial plan to address the lawsuit includes the use of Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) teams. PACT teams provide comprehensive community-based support to adults with mental illness who might otherwise require institutional care. PACT teams, when implemented with fidelity, are evidence-based. In other words, they have been objectively shown to work. The plan also relies on Intensive Community Outreach and Recovery Teams (ICORT) for rural areas. We do not have enough information to know if these teams are based on national standards or evidence-based practices.
A number of news articles related to mental health in Mississippi were published this past week:
- Mississippi Asserts It is Meeting Mental Health Mandates
- Mental Health Association of South Mississippi hosts event at Scarlet Pearl
- May Marks Mental Health Awareness Month
- MS Dept. of Mental Health, MBN partner to raise awareness about overdoses
- Mental health stigma dissolving some since pandemic put the issue in the spotlight
- Fitch defends state mental health care system against possible court ruling
- ‘You are not alone,’ Peer Support Specialist uses her own struggle to help others
- Save a life: What to know about drug treatment, Mississippi’s Good Samaritan Law and Narcan
- DRMS RESPONDS TO DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH FILING