ADULT OUTPATIENT SERVICES
In outpatient care, the aim is to provide the professional services
most suitable for the individual and to do so as quickly as possible.
Any adult in the community experiencing psychological stress may
call 865-1735 for information about our Intake process.
At the intake interview, a complete history is taken. The therapist
and client then collaborate on the type of services to be provided.
Recognizing that the overall adjustment for children involves the
family, the school, and peer relationships, the Center has a specially
trained, multi-disciplinary staff to provide a full range of services
for children with adjustment, behavioral, and learning problems.
Specialized services are also available for children and the families
of children who are victims of sexual abuse.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES
Community Support Services provide a multi-level treatment program
for people with serious psychiatric disorders.
The Aftercare Follow-up Program helps those who have been discharged
from private and state psychiatric facilities enroll in the right
treatment program at Gulf Coast Mental Health Center.
The Case Management Program provides more extensive assistance
to discharged hospital patients through the assignment of a case
manager to help with a range of community adjustment problems.
Psychosocial Rehabilitation is available to those patients who
need less intensive care than hospitalization but more structure
and support than outpatient therapy normally affords.
Residential Care is available to adults with serious psychiatric
disorders who are without family and have no home of their own in
which to live. This program also provides emergency accommodations
for men and women in need of temporary supervision.
Crisis Stabilization is available to residents of Harrison, Hancock,
Stone, and Pearl River Counties who meet civil commitment criteria.
There is also limited availability for voluntary admissions for
those clients of Gulf Coast Mental Health Center.
Education is another component of the Community Support Program.
Both patients and their families are afforded the opportunity to
increase their understanding of mental illness and, at the same
time, to develop skills that will ease the patient's transition
back into the community.
Short-term, acute-care psychiatric hospitalization is available
through affiliation agreements with local community hospitals. Cooperative
arrangements with state facilities make longer term treatment available
for patients unable to afford private care.
CRISIS INTERVENTION SERVICES
Professional staff are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
to assist in crisis situations. The number to call is 800-681-0798 or 228-863-1132.
Between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, a professional
staff member at the Center can see a person in need of immediate
help. Specialized crisis workers are available to adults, children,
and people with substance abuse problems.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES
Trained substance abuse professionals provide clinical treatment
for alcohol and drug problems through a number of program components,
to include: outpatient therapy, offering both individual and group
treatment; an intensive outpatient program, which meets three nights
a weeks for 12 weeks, followed by nine months of continuing outpatient
individual and group therapy; a drug court partnership with the
Second Circuit Court District; intensive chemical dependency therapy,
which includes a four-week residential treatment program followed
by 11 months of continuing outpatient care; and, for multiple-DUI
offenders, a 20 hour State Certified program, consisting of assessment
followed by individual and group therapy. Prevention services are
also provided to local schools and community groups.
The Substance Abuse Program combines the AA/NA model with psychotherapeutic
DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES SERVICES
Work Activity Centers give handicapped adults the opportunity to
learn to be productive workers and to develop the social skills
that allow them to be participating members of the community. Currently
a program operates in Gulfport. A Hancock County program is under
Day Habilitation allows mentally and physically challenged adults
to participate in a variety of leisure and socialization activities
on a daily basis.
In an effort to educate the public about mental health-mental retardation
problems and to acquaint them with available services, representatives
of Gulf Coast Mental Health Center work with the media, speak to
civic and community organizations, and present workshops on a variety
REQUEST FOR SERVICES
Any resident of Harrison, Hancock, Stone, or Pearl River County
may call 228-865-1735 to inquire about the intake process.
For the convenience of those living outside of Harrison County,
appointments can be made in an office near them. In addition to
the main location at 1600 Broad
Avenue in Gulfport, The Center operates satellite offices in Biloxi,
Bay St. Louis, Picayune,
The fee for services is set at the time of the first appointment
and usually is established according to a sliding scale that considers
family size and income. Most all major insurance plans cover our
services. For some specialized program activities, there is a standard
rate not affected by the sliding fee scale. Program areas include
mental health, mental retardation, and alcohol and drug abuse. Within
these areas, professional staff provide consultation, crisis intervention,
outpatient, inpatient, community support, and residential treatment
HOURS OF OPERATION
The office at 1600 Broad Avenue, Gulfport, is open from 8:00 a.m.
to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, Appointments after 5:00 can
be requested. Information about satellite office hours can be obtained
by calling 863-1132.