Sunday, April 28, 2013

Nevada Buses Hundreds of Mentally Ill Patients to Other Cities

Nevada buses hundreds of mentally ill patients to cities around the country. Yep, you read it right. In an investigative report done by the Sacramento Bee, it was uncovered that over the past 5 years Nevada’s primary psychiatric hospital has been putting hundreds of mentally ill patients on buses and sent them to cities across America.

According to the report, this practice became evident when one of it’s bused patients with schizophrenia turned up in a Sacramento homeless shelter confused and suicidal after a 15 hour trip without medication, arrangements or important information. It’s important to note that this patient had never visited this city and didn’t know anyone there. The report said that the patient was advised by the Nevada hospital to call 911 when he arrived to Sacramento.

This is appalling! It would be unacceptable for any hospital to dump their patients on other cities if they were cancer patients or heart failure patients. So why is it that because the brain is sick that these patients don’t receive the same dignified care? Had anyone thought about the risks involved for the patients let alone the general public? These are human beings. They’re someone’s child, brother, sister, parent. These people deserve so much better!

I’ve known for some time that our mental health system is broken, but this is just disturbing. Please read the entire report. The first step in making a positive change is knowing that we have a problem. 

People... we have a big problem...

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Nevada buses hundreds of mentally ill patients to cities around countryBy Cynthia Hubert, Phillip Reese and Jim SandersPublished: Sunday, Apr. 14, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 16, 2013 - 10:51 am

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