- Associated Press - Sunday, April 19, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A director of a Mississippi homeless shelter is accusing a hospital of dropping off mentally ill patients, some who weren’t homeless.

Stewpot Opportunity Center director Christine Burnett tells The Clarion-Ledger (https://on.thec-l.com/1b3Ns4g ) that Merit Health Central in Jackson dropped off four patients last week to the shelter, which acts as a home base for homeless people. Burnett says one patient was a 19-year-old whose aunt was home and who Burnett says the hospital never contacted.

Emergency department director Dr. Richard Miles, who Burnett says signed the paperwork, says he thought the hospital had an agreement with the shelter to take patients who weren’t picked up.

Burnett says there is no such program.

Miles says patients can’t stay at the hospital forever. A hospital spokeswoman says the facility doesn’t provide long-term treatment.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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