SEC. 41-5-44. Establishment of nursing home for mentally ill and mentally retarded.
(a) The Board of Mental Health is hereby directed, if such is determined to be feasible by the board, to establish, equip, staff and operate nursing homes for mentally retarded patients. Said nursing homes shall be equipped, staffed and operated in accordance with the minimum standards established by the State Department of Health, and shall meet all the requirements for the admission and care of patients eligible for Medicare and Medicaid assistance as required by Titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act, as amended.
(b) Admission to the nursing homes shall be limited to those patients who have been admitted to the mental institutions or mental retardation centers or eligible for admission to the mental institutions or mental retardation centers according to state laws and who have been certified as eligible for Medicare or Medicaid assistance as determined by the provisions of Mississippi laws governing the administration of Titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act, as amended.
(c) The purpose of this section is to provide a nursing facility within the environs of the former Tuberculosis Sanatorium of Mississippi, thereby providing a needed service to eligible patients by making use of available buildings and resources for their care and constituting an additional service rendered by the institution.
SOURCES: Laws, 1973, ch. 497, Sec. 1; 1980, ch. 493, Sec. 12; 1983, ch. 522, Sec. 51; 1986, ch. 437, Sec. 12, eff from and after July 1, 1986.