Ocean Springs faces sanctions for rejecting clinic

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has ruled that the City of Ocean Springs violated the Americans With Disabilities Act and discriminated people with mental disabilities in when it denied the Psycamore mental health clinic a permit to operate.

The Mississippi Press reports (http://bit.ly/YijW4y ) that federal authorities have told Ocean Springs that it will face legal action if it doesn't pay damages, including expenses and lost profits, to Psycamore and others. That amount could be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Justice Department also wants the city to grant Psycamore its permit, hire a full-time disabilities coordinator and train staff and elected officials on legal requirements of disability law.

Psycamore won an appeal in Jackson County Circuit Court, and the state Supreme Court unanimously rejected Ocean Springs' appeal in 2013.

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Information from: The Mississippi Press, http://www.gulflive.com

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