Nevada Busses Hundreds of Mentally Ill Around Country

Over the past five years, Nevada’s primary state psychiatric hospital has put hundreds of mentally ill patients on Greyhound buses and sent them to cities and towns across America.

Since July 2008, Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas has transported more than 1,500 patients to other cities via, Greyhound bus, sending at least one person to every state in the continental United States, according to a Bee review of bus receipts kept by Nevada’s mental health  division.

About a third of those patients were dispatched to California, including more than 200 to Los Angeles County, about 70 to San Diego County and 19 to the city of Sacramento. In recent years, as Nevada has slashed funding for mental health services, the number of mentally ill patients being bused out of southern Nevada has steadily risen, growing 66 percent from 2009 to 2012. During that same period, the hospital has dispersed those patients to an ever-increasing number of states. By last year, Rawson-Neal bused out patients at a pace of well over one per day, shipping nearly 400 patients to a total of 176 cities and 45 states across the nation.

Nevada’s approach to dispatching mentally ill patients has come under scrutiny since one of its clients turned up suicidal and confused at a Sacramento homeless services complex. James Flavy Coy Brown, who is 48 and suffers from a variety of  mood disorders including schizophrenia, was discharged in February from Rawson-Neal to a Greyhound bus for Sacramento, a place he had never visited and where he knew no one.

The hospital sent him on the 15-hour  bus ride without making arrangements for his treatment or housing in California; he arrived in Sacramento out of medication and without identification or access to his Social Security payments.  He wound up in the UC Davis Medical Center’s emergency room, where he lingered for three days until social workers were able to find him temporary housing.

Nevada mental health officials have acknowledged making mistakes in Brown’s case, but have made no apologies for their policy of busing patients out of state.

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Nevada Busses Hundres of Mentally Ill Patients to Cities Around Country


5 Responses to “Nevada Busses Hundreds of Mentally Ill Around Country”

  1. Thelma Says:

    What a sick story!

  2. Jason Says:

    My gosh, who would have thought this was going on? You'd think a 60 Minutes type media would run a story on this.

  3. Luis Says:

    It's money for the other states.

  4. StandUp Says:

    This is crazy stuff. How do they get by with it?

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Consider this: Is this America, the land of equal rights and equal justice???Where sick citizens are denied the care they need, because the United States does not have a Universal healthcare system, Therefore results to Abuse of the most vulnerable in this society, without so much of feared prosecution.YES, – that is America – the land of the free, where you are even allowed to die in the gutter. e.Boldt

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