West Point to get new mental health facility

A new facility will provide mental health care for patients who need immediate treatment.

Posted: May 9, 2018 7:08 PM
Updated: May 10, 2018 9:13 AM

WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) - Mental health patients and their families will breathe a little easier in the near future thanks to a new facility that will soon open in West Point.

Community Counseling Service provides a variety of mental health services in a seven-county area.

So it's good news that the CCS is close to opening a crisis stabilization unit in West Point. 

The unit will provide a 15-bed center that helps mentally ill patients receive treatment instead of going directly to a state hospital.

The program's director says it's something that will make it a lot easier to treat patients closer to home.

"What we're trying to do is reach out to folks and let them know that we're here and let them know what kind of services that we offer and really just give them an option as far as getting some help," said John McClendon, the program administrator.

One county official tells WTVA the new facility will save the county a lot of money as it normally costs the county $450 a day to provide a bed for a mentally ill patient when someone fills out commitment papers.

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