Nevada to Require Escorts When Busing Patients

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The governor's office says Nevada will now require chaperones for all state psychiatric patients who are bused out of state.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Brian Sandoval tells the Las Vegas Sun ( ) that the move is part of new strengthened procedures.

They come in the wake of reports that Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas sent 1,500 discharged mental health patients alone on one-way bus trips in recent years.

A review of Nevada's policies was prompted by a series of stories in the Sacramento Bee about Nevada patients being given bus tickets and sent to other states. Officials in California have called for an investigation.

The Sun reports Nevada also will require two physicians instead of one to sign a discharge. A hospital administrator must approve the decision.