Court decides not to consider Vicksburg hospital appeal

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 12, 2010

From staff and AP reports

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court declined Thursday to hear an appeal of a 2007 decision by state health officials to revoke approval for an in-patient mental health facility in Vicksburg by Brentwood Health Management.

The Court of Appeals had upheld the revocation decision in May, stating that Brentwood had provided no evidence that it had done anything to advance the project.

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In 2001, the Mississippi Department of Health approved Brentwood’s plans for a $4 million facility called Children’s Hospital of Vicksburg to include 20 beds for treatment of child and adolescent psychiatric conditions and 60 beds for psychiatric residential treatment.

Brentwood had a year to complete the facility. Otherwise, health department approval would expire.

Project reports, submitted at the request of MDH, and requests for extensions were filed between 2002 and 2006, but MDH revoked its approval in 2007 noting “no substantial change” in the progress of the project.

A Hinds County judge in 2008 sided with the health department.

Brentwood, based in Flowood, provides psychiatric services for children, adolescents and adults. The Flowood facility comprises a 107-bed acute care center with individualized treatment plans and family-centered services.

Existing Vicksburg treatment facilities include Warren-Yazoo Mental Health Service on Wisconsin Avenue and Behavioral Health Services at River Region Medical Center on U.S. 61 North.