WCU University Lecture on Mental Health Services

Hattiesburg, Miss., February 21, 2013 - Dr. Paul Cotten, professor of psychology at William Carey University, will present a lecture titled, “Mental Health Services:  From Institutional to Deinstitutional” on Thursday, February 28, from 3- 4 p.m. in the Lucile Parker Gallery at WCU. This lecture in one in the WCU’s University Lecture Series.
The presentation will address the mental health service system in Mississippi from its origin of being completely dependent upon the large state hospital to the current system of regional and local services for those who are able to be treated appropriately.  The model today utilized is one of “deinstitutionalization” as contrasted with transinstitutionalization, in which the mentally ill are alternately and repeatedly routed between the mental health and criminal justice systems. The presentation will also address factors which have influenced the options available to individuals in need and their families. The goal with this change in process is to provide the support and assistance mentally ill persons need while at the same time not fostering the individual to become dependent upon the system.
            The public is invited to attend. Call Sherry Laughlin at 601-318-6170 for more details or contact her at