Finding Addiction Treatment In Mississippi

Finding Addiction Treatment In Mississippi

According to the Center for Disease Control, 310 Mississippians lost their lives to drug overdose in 2018.[1] Addiction is a disease, but every death caused by drug use is preventable. It is our mission at American Addiction Centers to do everything in our power to help people who suffer from addiction get every resource they need to prevent it from ruling or taking their lives.

In this page, we will discuss what treatment options are available in the state, how to pay for treatment, state-funded and private options, and accreditation.

What Types Of Treatment Are Available In Mississippi?

Drug treatment can usually be divided into three different levels of care: detox, inpatient care, and outpatient care. Not all patients require all levels of care.

The purpose of detox is to deal with withdrawal symptoms, which make quitting much more difficult, and in some cases can be life-threatening. According to World Health Organization, withdrawals from alcohol cause tremor, sweating, anxiety, nausea, and possible seizures.[2] The symptoms last two to five days.[2] Opioid withdrawals last one to two days and include teary eyes, muscle aches, chills, goosebumps, and cramps.[2]

Once withdrawals are dealt with, or if a patient struggles with an addiction that doesn’t lead to withdrawals, inpatient or outpatient care helps a patient face the mental, emotional, and social struggles that cause them to turn to drugs.

Inpatient facilities are temporary live-in facilities for patients in need of intense therapy and isolation from addiction triggers. Outpatient care is a therapeutic approach for patients with less severe needs who only visit the facility for regular care.

Detox and inpatient facilities are more rare than outpatient facilities. This table covers the number and percent of detox, inpatient, and outpatient facilities in Mississippi:

Type of Care, by number and percent
Facilities
No. %
Outpatient 74 75.51%
Regular 68 69.39%
Intensive 38 38.78%
Day Treatment/Partial Hospitalization 19 19.39%
Detoxification 5 5.10%
Methadone/buprenorphine maintenance or naltrexone treatment 14 14.29%
Residential (non-hospital) 33 33.67%
Short Term 26 26.53%
Long Term 29 29.59%
Detoxification 12 12.24%
Hospital Inpatient 13 13.27%
Treatment 10 10.20%
Detoxification 13 13.27%
Total 98 100.00%

How Is Treatment In Mississippi Paid For?

According to the National Institute On Drug Abuse, the average cost for a year of methadone maintenance treatment is $4,700 per patient.[3] Since the costs of addiction treatment are too high for most patients to pay out of pocket, most patients rely on private or state-funded insurance to join a treatment program.

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health’s inpatient chemical dependency units are in Mississippi State Hospital in Whitfield, and they maintain a directory of addiction resources, many of which receive state funding.[4][6][7]

Costs for drug treatment vary wildly. Inpatient facilities tend to cost more than outpatient due to the sheer number of hours dedicated to the patient. The number and quality of amenities can also strongly impact cost. Some facilities will also admit patients at no or low cost if their needs are severe, but only if certain qualifications are met.

Treatment facilities come in two basic varieties: state-funded and privately funded, and this can dramatically impact costs as well.
The Pros And Cons Of Private And State-Funded Treatment Plans In Mississippi
According to Healthcare.gov, all Marketplace plans cover substance abuse services and substance use disorder.[5] This doesn’t mean that every treatment facility will accept your insurance, but it does mean that as long as you are insured, drug abuse treatment services are available that are covered by your insurance.

State-funded treatment centers tend to be more economical and sometimes free of cost for patients, while privately funded centers tend to be more costly but offer more amenities. While the on-paper costs of privately funded centers are generally higher, the actual costs you as a patient will pay depend on your insurance.

Aside from amenities, patients often opt for a private facility because the requirements necessary to get into a state-funded facility are too strict for all but the most desperate addicts. The Mississippi State Hospital, for example, requires a court order, which can only be obtained by filing an affidavit with the Clerks Office, and only a Judge can sign off on their recommendation.[6]

Private facilities can be for-profit or non-profit. Government facilities can be locally funded, state funded, or federally funded. This table breaks down how many of each type are in Mississippi:

Facility Operation, by number and percent
Facilities
No. %
Private Non-Profit 53 54.08%
Private for Profit 22 22.45%
Local, county, or community government 15 15.31%
State government 3 3.06%
Federal Government 4 4.08%
Tribal Government 1 1.02%
Total 98 100.00%

While only 23.5 percent of the facilities in Mississippi are government-funded, 54.1 percent of the private facilities are non-profit, so if affordability is a primary concern, there are still plenty of treatment options available. Keep in mind that additional community resources, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, also tend to be completely free of charge.
Does Your Insurance Cover Private Treatment Options?
American Addiction Centers works with a variety of insurance companies to help people access treatment and break free from addiction. To check your insurance options, fill out this form, or call our confidential helpline. we can be reached at 1-888-935-1318.

What Payment Options Do Treatment Centers In Mississippi Use?

While the Affordable Care Act has made insurance available to more people, not all Americans are insured, and people who suffer from addiction are often more likely to be uninsured. According to the Census Bureau, 13 percent of Mississippians are uninsured.[7]

If you are not insured, private insurance companies can not turn you down for having an existing substance abuse disorder.[5] If you cannot afford private health insurance, you likely qualify for Medicaid. You can find out how to apply for Medicaid in Mississippi here.

If for some reason you cannot obtain access to insurance, contact government funded and non-profit facilities and ask about low income and sliding scale payment options. Many facilities will still be able to assist you, or point you to a facility that can.

In this table you can see what payment options are available in the facilities throughout Mississippi:

Facility Payment Options, by Number and percent
No. %
Cash or self-payment 92 93.88%
Private Health Insurance 70 71.43%
Medicare 46 46.94%
Medicaid 59 60.20%
State-financed Health insurance 47 47.96%
Federal military insurance 54 55.10%
No payment accepted (free treatment for all clients) 1 1.02%
IHS/Tribal/Union (ITU) funds 6 6.12%
Other payments 0 0.00%
Sliding fee scale 66 67.35%
Treatment at no charge or minimal payment for clients who can’t pay 55 56.12%
Total 98 100.00%

As you can see, 56.1 percent of the facilities in the state offer no charge or minimal payment options, and 67.3 percent have sliding fee scale options. Whether you are on state insurance, private insurance, or uninsured and low-income, there is an option for you.

How Centers In Mississippi Are Accredited

In addition to deciding on a level of care and a way to pay for treatment, it’s important to consider a facility’s accreditations in order to make sure it meets certain standards of care.

All state-funded facilities in Mississippi must be certified by the Mississippi Department of Mental health, and every facility listed in their directory has had this certification.[7] This certification is “optional” for private treatment programs that don’t receive state funding, so if you choose a program that isn’t state-funded, make sure that it has been certified.

Additionally, the most reputable treatment facilities will be accredited with the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Likewise, the best facilities will have an accreditation with the Joint Commission Accreditation for Addiction Treatment Providers, often called simply the Joint Commission.

This table indicates how common certain types of accreditations are throughout the state:

Facility Licensing, Certification, or Accreditation, by number and percent
No. %
Any listed agency/organization 92 93.88%
State substance abuse agency 49 50.00%
State mental health department 74 75.51%
State department of health 33 33.67%
Hospital licensing authority 10 10.20%
The Joint Commission 19 19.39%
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) 18 18.37%
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 2 2.04%
Council on Accreditation (COA) 4 4.08%
Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) 1 1.02%
Other national organization or federal, state or local agency 2 2.04%
Total 98 100.00%

In Mississippi, 75.5 percent of facilities have an accreditation with the state mental health department, only 19.4 percent with the Joint Commission, and only 18.4 with CARF. Ideally, a treatment provider will be accredited by at least one of these three organizations, and hopefully all three. Thankfully, 93.9 percent of the facilities in Mississippi have some form of accreditation. There is always a reputable organization to work with, no matter your circumstances.

Are You Looking for Detox or Rehab in Mississippi?

Struggling with Withdrawal can be the most difficult part of achieving sobriety. It can also be the most dangerous. At American Addiction Centers, our mission is to help people achieve sobriety safely and effectively. As a leading provider of addiction treatment, we operate facilities all across the nation.

If you are looking for help and aren’t sure where to start, give our confidential helpline a call. You’ll speak with one of our admissions navigators. Their purpose is to answer your questions and help you find treatment either at one of our facilities or educate you on where you may be able to find treatment if we are not a fit. We can be reached at 1-888-935-1318.

[1] “Drug Overdose Mortality by State,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, April 29, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/sosmap/drug_poisoning_mortality/drug_poisoning.htm
[2] “Withdrawal state,” World Health Organization. https://www.who.int/substance_abuse/terminology/withdrawal/en/
[3] “Is drug addiction treatment worth its cost?” NIDA. 2020, June 3. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/frequently-asked-questions/drug-addiction-treatment-worth-its-cost
[4] “Alcohol and Drug Services,” Mississippi Department of Mental Health. http://www.dmh.ms.gov/alcohol-and-drug-services/
[5] “Mental Health & Substance Abuse Coverage,” HealthCare.gov. https://www.healthcare.gov/coverage/mental-health-substance-abuse-coverage/
[6] “MSH Admissions Information,” Mississippi State Hospital. http://msh.state.ms.us/admissions.htm
[7] Katherine Keisler-Starkey and Lisa N. Bunch, “Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2019,” United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2020/demo/p60-271.pdf
[7] “Addictive Services,” Mississippi Department of Mental Health. http://www.dmh.ms.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Alcohol-and-Drug-Resource-Directory-December-2018.pdf