DHS Investigating Pascagoula Youth Home

The operator of the Bacot Home for Youth in Pascagoula has confirmed the facility is under investigation by the state. However, the home's executive director, Reverend Jervis Burns would not give any details.

Burns says the investigation is being conducted by the Mississippi Department of Human Services, which also confirmed the probe but would not discuss the nature of the allegations. The home, established in 1989, continues to operate.

Named after Bertha P. Bacot, the home was formed by the merger of a committee of Pascagoula residents and the Gulf Coast Boys Home. It provides a structured environment for children with emotional, behavioral or mental disorders.

The St. Francis Academy of Picayune, which is affiliated with Episcopal Community Services, began operating the home in 1998.