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County supervisors plan to save mental health clinics

(AP) — The Harrison County Board of Supervisors has agreed to work with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health to keep several mental health clinics open.

Gulf Coast Mental Health Center told supervisors that financial issues were forcing them to close.

News outlets reports Harrison supervisors agreed Monday to give Gulf Coast $700,000 from the 2020 budget. They also requested that the company comply with the state’s recommendations.

The state says Gulf Coast should start billing applicable payers correctly, hire a new chief financial officer and chief executive officer. If the company agrees, the state will advance them $1.5 million of its 2020 funding.

The other counties serviced by Gulf Coast would have to advance about $1.765 million of their projected 2020 funds.

The board has until Tuesday to make a decision.