The Gulf Coast Mental Health Center has always subscribed
to the philosophy that it has as its responsibility the mental health
of every citizen within the four-county catchment area. Recognizing
that individual needs vary and that they collectively cover a wide
spectrum, the Center has tried to keep the delivery capability of
the various services consistent with community needs and to respond
to these needs in the most responsible and effective ways possible.
The purpose of the Center's program is stated in the form of three
- To promote better living for all citizens of Region XIII through
mental health education, evaluation, and treatment.
- To prevent mental illness and emotional disturbances by assisting
individuals in their adjustment to life.
- To utilize the most appropriate professional methods in the
treatment of mental illness, emotional disorders, and developmental
Senate Bill No. 2229 (passed by the Mississippi Legislature in
1966 and amended subsequently by the Laws of 1972, 1973, and 1974)
provided the structure for regional program development by authorizing
counties to join together to form multi-county regional commissions
on mental health and mental retardation.
The Region XIII Commission functions as the Board of Directors
for the Gulf Coast Mental Health Center. The regional commission
is composed of members appointed by the boards of supervisors of
the counties in the region. The board of supervisors of each participating
county appoints one member to represent its county on the regional
commission in its respective region for a term of four years.
Regional commissions are authorized to design programs which most
appropriately meet the needs of the local areas. They may administer
the program directly or, if deemed more appropriate, designate other
agencies to operate the programs for the region.
Mississippi has 15 designated mental health-mental retardation.
Region XIII is composed of Hancock, Harrison, Pearl River, and Stone
Programs that receive funds through the authority of the Department
of Mental Health are required to be certified. To be certified,
a program must meet the "Minimum Standards for Community Mental
Health/Mental Retardation Services" developed by the Department
and comply with the other special guidelines and regulations of
the Department for programs and service operation. The extent of
compliance is determined by on-site visits conducted biennially
by a DMH certification visit team.
Financial support is received through federal block grants, Medicaid
reimbursement, the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, county
taxes, contractual agreements, fees for services, and contributions,
both direct and through the United Way.
Region XIII Commissioners
Pearl River County