City Attorney Says "Patient Dumping" Is a Problem for San Francisco

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This morning, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera launched an investigation into Nevada's nefarious practice of "patient dumping." The Sacramento Bee reported earlier this month that the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services has been busing mentally ill patients to other cities, including San Francisco, where they're abandoning them without food, shelter, or proper medical care.

The Bee revealed that a single state psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas had paid for the transportation of more than 1,500 patients in the past five years. One patient, James Flavy Coy Brown, told The Bee that he was given a one-way Greyhound ticket to Sacramento, as well as snacks and only three days of medication. His doctor advised him to call 911 when he landed in Sacramento where he would receive "excellent health care and more benefits than you could ever get in Nevada."

California seems to have been a popular destination for the wrongfully discharged patients -- one-third of the 1,500 Las Vegas patients were sent to the Golden State, and at least 36 of them were brought to San Francisco.

Herrera believes this is bad news for the city. "Assuming the reports are true, Nevada's practice of psychiatric 'patient dumping' is shockingly inhumane and illegal," he said. "We intend to investigate these reports thoroughly, and I am inviting input from providers of services to San Francisco's homeless, who may be willing to volunteer evidence and testimony to assist the city in a potential civil action."

Unfortunately, Herrera can't represent the individuals who where discarded in San Francisco, but his office is working to pair former Nevada patients with local legal counsel. Meanwhile, Herrera is focusing his efforts on suing the state of Nevada for any costs or damages the city has accrued by providing for the displaced patients.

So, if you recently met someone who says they were bussed from Las Vegas to San Francisco with a pocket full of gummy worms and psychiatric medication, please call the City Attorney's Office at 415-554-4253.

Nevada Investigation Launched

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hplovecraft
hplovecraft

They were finding people up in Seattle , who're were given one way tickets from New Orleans

immediatly following Hurricane Katrina. Told that benefits were better up there , etc..

debbiequeenbee
debbiequeenbee

I think we need to help these people lead a normal life.  We also have homeless veterans and this should not be going on in America.  Our government should be helping the people instead of helping other countries first.  There's even people going hungry in America and this should not be going on.

Kevin Ledbetter
Kevin Ledbetter

This is indicative of the state of the mental health system nationwide.

Vivian Imperiale
Vivian Imperiale

I saw the first posting and was pretty sure that we were guilty, too. Thanks for pairing it with the second posting to provide a bigger picture.

塞繆塞繆
塞繆塞繆

Great just ship them anywhere. Just like Los Angeles they dump them in downtown streets! And nobama turns his fuckin back what a shame he came out to be!

Mihail Dichev
Mihail Dichev

Sounds about right. I see a homeless crazy person just about every time I go to SF.

Enlightin Won
Enlightin Won

yes the sick people are the ones patient dumping, they are truly mentally ill and should be hospitalized immediately

Brandie Locke
Brandie Locke

That's disgusting.. and people wonder why there are so many sick people in the world that do horrible things...???

Felicia Haggarty
Felicia Haggarty

Happens in bay area all the time. No real infrastructure for supporting mentally ill.

Vincent Pardue
Vincent Pardue

Wow, that's so incredibly wrong in so many ways. Unfortunately, it's the mentally ill homeless people who pay the ultimate price.

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