Monthly reports sent by Oxford House to the Mississippi Department of Mental Health continue to raise more questions about the taxpayer-funded homes for recovering alcohol and drug abusers.
Apparently, the Mississippi Board of Mental Health doesn’t have five minutes to hear from a taxpayer…In a meeting Thursday, Linda Woods wanted to tell the board about a loved one’s experience in one of the state’s taxpayer-funded halfway houses.
The road to recovery from addiction is rough and never easy. Linda Woods of Starkville has been right there with her loved one, fighting the fight. There have been victories and setbacks but she has never quit on him. Her loved one lived at the Oxford House homes in Meridian and Jackson (Forest Park).
The Mississippi Secretary of State’s office has put the smackdown on Oxford House.
“It’s noble to be good, and it’s nobler to teach others to be good and less trouble.” Mark Twain’s words might be rephrased as: “It’s better and easier to do good in someone else’s neighborhood.”
State Sen. Will Longwitz, R-Madison — who represents an area of northeast Jackson with several of the houses — has called for the MDMH to terminate the federal grant and find another contractor to perform recovery services for addicts.
Conflict is escalating over a half way house (Bon Ami) for recovering addicts and rehabilitating ex convicts on East Northside Drive. There are three other such houses in north east Jackson. Homeowners are concerned about recovering addicts and ex cons as neighbors in rental houses and are fearful about property values and safety.