Senator Will Longwitz (R-Xanadu) posted the following statement on Facebook yesterday:
I know many of you are concerned about the sudden appearance of group recovery homes (halfway houses) in Northeast Jackson. I am too. So are my family members who live in the neighborhood.
Today, at my request the Executive Director of the MS Department of Mental Health and her staff came to the Capitol to discuss their role in these Oxford Houses. I was joined by several attorneys from the surrounding neighborhood including Crymes M. Pittman, Rick Davis, Suzanne Sharpe and Robert Wise, and others including City Councilman Ashby Foote. Rep. Bill Denny could not attend, but has been briefed and continues to work closely with us on this issue.
Residents need confidence that their children and families are safe in the neighborhoods.
There are still a lot more questions – especially about the state’s role in these facilities. Rest assured that we are searching for information and will gather a “town hall” soon to bring everyone up to speed. Until then, please watch this space. I hope to have more information by the end of the week.
We will share all information as soon as we can. Working together, we can get to the bottom of this and protect neighborhoods and families. You are welcome to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org - Will