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ADVOCACY ALERT: United States of America v. State of Mississippi

ADVOCACY ALERT: The trial for the case of United States of America v. State of Mississippi (docket number 3:16-CV-00622-CWR-FKB) has begun with Judge Carlton Reeves presiding.

In the case, the U.S. Department of Justice asserts that when it comes to mental health services, Mississippi should work more toward community-based care and depend less on institutionalized care, with the Americans with Disabilities Act as the basis for the case.

Mississippi argues that the federal government has not offered enough specifics or funding for what changes should be made, and that DOJ is overstepping its authority in state matters.

Advocates, the trial may last up to six weeks, so we’re asking for you as well as peers, family members and community members to attend the trial when you can. The trial reconvenes today at 9 a.m.

The location of the trial is:

United States District Court

Thad Cochran United States Courthouse

501 E. Court Street

Suite 2.500

Courtroom 5B

Jackson, MS 39201

A courtroom schedule is available at https://ecf.mssd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/CourtSched.pl.

View the docket at https://www.clearinghouse.net/chDocs/public/MH-MS-0001-0001.pdf.

For those who cannot attend, you can get realtime updates from the Associated Press’s Jeff Amy on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jeffamy or Whitney Downard of the Meridian Star at https://twitter.com/WhitneyDownard. If you have a Twitter profile, be sure to interact and share your experiences.

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