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Mississippi Department of Mental Health Evacuates South Mississippi Regional Center Residents
From: News Release   Filed 8/30/08  GCN

In response to Hurricane Gustav, the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) will begin evacuating residents at South Mississippi Regional Center’s (SMRC) campus in Long Beach and SMRC Community Living Programs on the MS Gulf Coast on Saturday, August 30.

·        Residents from Biloxi Community Living Programs and Mockingbird Cottage will be transported to Boswell Regional Center in Magee on Saturday, August 30.

·        Residents from Gautier Community Homes and Cheshire will be transported to Central Mississippi Residential Center in Newton on Saturday, August 30.

·        Residents from Gulf Oaks/Seagull Cottage, Dolphin Cottage and Cypress Cottage will be transported to Ellisville State School in Ellisville on Saturday, August 30.

·        Residents from Bayview Cottage, Mockingbird Cottage and Seacrest Cottage will be transported to the Specialized Treatment Facility in Gulfport on Sunday, August 31.

“Our primary goal is the safety of the people we serve and our staff. Staff are working to keep everyone as comfortable and calm as possible,” said Ed LeGrand, DMH Executive Director.

Evacuation plans are subject to change pending progress of Hurricane Gustav. The media will be updated daily. Families and loved ones can call DMH’s Helpline at 1-877-210-8513 or visit www.smrcinfo.com or www.dmh.ms.gov for more information.

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