Nice job, Nevadans Nevada accused of 'patient dumping' after hospital puts schizophrenic man, 48, on a bus to California and tells him to call 911 when he gets there
A man diagnosed with schizophrenia has described how staff at a Nevada mental health hospital put him on a bus to California with little medication and food and told him to call 911 when he got there.
James Brown, 48, received treatment at Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas last year after suffering from depression and contemplating suicide but was discharged after just three days.
His startling case has revealed the state's alleged practice of 'patient dumping', with records showing Nevada has bought 1,500 bus tickets since 2008 - sending some mentally ill patients to places they have never been before and where they know no one.
For Brown, who had wanted to stay in Nevada, the experience was petrifying.
Just days after checking into the hospital in February 2012, doctors felt Brown was ready to leave and they asked him where he wanted to move, he said.
'I said, "I don't want to leave Nevada",' Brown recounted. 'He said, "California sounds like a really nice state. I think you'll be happy there".'
But doctors insisted he would get better mental health care in Sacramento, even though he had never been and was not given any information about the city.
The only good thing I can say about this is is: thank god it wasn't Florida this time.