A program of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health.


Mental illness is a disease that affects the brain. Mississippi State Hospital (MSH) provides compassionate, quality care to individuals in need of mental health and substance use treatment. Each individual receives treatment from an interdisciplinary team of professionals who provide medical, nursing, social, psychological, and recreational services.


A person may be admitted to MSH through commitment´┐Ża legal process in which a court orders a person to the hospital for treatment or evaluation. The first step toward helping someone receive our services begins with filing an affidavit (a legal document) at the Clerks Office. If they recommend treatment in a hospital or other mental health program, the judge will make a decision based on all the evidence presented as to whether treatment is necessary and, if so, at an inpatient or outpatient program.

Once a person is committed to MSH, the Chancery Court sends the required legal documents to the hospital's Admissions Office. Each individual we serve receives care from a interdisciplinary team of professionals who provide medical, nursing, social, psychological, educational and recreational services. When needed, occupational, physical and speech therapies, dieticians and chaplains are available. For a smooth transition from the hospital following treatment, discharge planning begins immediately. No one who has felony charges pending may be admitted to MSH unless through special order by the Circuit Court.



MSH provides mental health care to adults, children and teens through Inpatient Services:

Adult Psychiatric Services: There are two admission areas for psychiatric services. Acute Services are for incoming adults who are evaluated, stabilized and treated in Receiving Units.

Child & Adolescent Service – Oak Circle Center is an acute behavioral health program for children and adolescents experiencing emotional and/or behavioral problems at home, in school and/or in the community.  The goal is to provide each individual with evaluation and treatment which assist them in progressing to a higher level of functioning and successful residence in a less restrictive environment.

  • Adolescent Substance Use Service: A primary substance use treatment program for male and female adolescents who are engaging in harmful drug or alcohol use behaviors.   The program employs evidence-based individual and group behavioral health interventions grounded in Cognitive Behavioral TherapyMotivational Enhancement, and Twelve-Step Facilitation.  In addition to targeting substance use behaviors, the program helps adolescents with presenting co-occurring diagnoses, family/relational problems, and impactful traumatic experiences.

Substance Use Service (SUS):  The Substance Use Service provides services to adult in need of treatment for alcohol and/or drug addiction. The SUS program includes a short detoxification period, basic medical care, group therapy, counseling, family conferences and introduction to Alcoholics Anonymous.

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