Federal appeals court reverses ruling that found Mississippi discriminated in mental health care

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A federal appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling that found Mississippi relies too much on institutionalizing people with mental health conditions rather than providing care in their communities.

FILE - Solicitor General Scott Stewart argues against a lawsuit in state chancery court, July 5, 2022, in Jackson, Miss. Stewart argued before a federal appeals court on Oct. 5 in favor of limiting the federal governments ability to sue states over their mental health systems. On Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, the appeals court overturned a district court judge's ruling that found Mississippi relies too much on institutionalizing people with mental health conditions.

The appeals court judges also wrote that a remedial order by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, which sought to make changes in Mississippi's mental health system,"vastly exceeds the scope of claimed liability.”overturn the district judge's ruling “This opinion is a good reminder to Washington that the people have the right to speak through their state elected leaders to set their own priorities,” Fitch said.

Reeves ruled in 2019 that Mississippi had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by having inadequate resources in communities to treat people with mental illnesses.

Source: Healthcare Press (healthcarepress.net)

 

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