Mental Health Experts Concerned About Impacts of St. Dominics Closing Mental Health Unit
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Now that a hospital in Mississippi's capital has closed its unit specializing in mental health care, experts fear a domino effect for people seeking such services.
Its just, to me, a big blow to the entire system, Sitaniel Wimbley, executive director of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Mississippi, said of St. Dominic Hospital's decision to shut down its behavioral health services.
The hospital is actually one of the single points of entry that the crisis intervention team takes individuals to, Wimbley told WLBT-TV. So when you call 988, either an officer comes out, or a crisis intervention team will come out, or both. So when someone comes out on the crisis intervention team, if that individual is determined to have to go to a hospital, St. D is one of them.