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    Nevada's Mentally Ill Seniors SHIPPED to Other States

    Mixed feelings on this one. Since there's not enough funding to take care of these patients, they are at least going someplace where they will receive some care. At least we can only hope that they are being treated good. My concern is the fact that seniors are becoming more and more less important in some areas where funding/care isn't available anymore due to the economic strain on our country. I'm sure that this could also be very difficult on loved ones of seniors who are shipped out of state that makes it more than likely impossible to visit with them being so far away. It's just simply more sign of the times.

    I also have a sense that more seniors are dying before their time due to lack of funds and extremely high costs of the medical industry.

    Nevada buses hundreds of mentally ill patients to cities around country
    By Cynthia Hubert, Phillip Reese and Jim Sanders

    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.


    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.
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