It appears that some things or some people don’t stay in Vegas. San Francisco’s City Attorney Dennis Herrera is investigating accounts of an illegally busing hundreds of psychiatric patients to California and other states with one-way bus tickets and no food or medication. This “patient dumping” involves the Rawson Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas.
The state-run facility has reportedly discharged some 1,500 patients with one-way Greyhound bus tickets to out-of-state destinations. If true, the practice would violated both legal and professional standards of due care. Federal violations alone could jeopardize Medicare funding and other federal support.
The practice could also be the basis for negligence actions by patients injured after being allegedly dumped across state lines.