Governor Responds To Hospital Scandal

In his first television interview on Tuesday, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval sounded pretty confident about getting to the bottom of allegations against the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas.

“Its an ongoing investigation. It is not a systemic problem,” said Governor Sandoval.

The governor stayed pretty close to a statement released by his office late Tuesday afternoon concerning the ongoing investigation into the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas.

In that statement the Governor wrote:

"Let me be clear, improperly discharging one patient is one patient too many. I take the concerns regarding Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital very seriously and it is not the policy of the State of Nevada to engage in "patient dumping" as been alleged.”

“He was very scared and lost,” said Molly Simons.

Simons says she knows the patient in question.

James Flavy Coy Brown claims a doctor at the Las Vegas Hospital gave him a Greyhound Bus ticket, his medication and peanut butter crackers for a three day bus ride to Sacramento where there were no family or friends.

The 48-year old suffers from schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety.

But California authorities believe this is just the tip of the iceberg.

“The letter that we sent today puts Nevada on notice that we want information,” said Dennis Herrera, San Francisco's City Attorney.

California mental health experts say they have suspected this activity for quite some time.

Called 'greyhound therapy" both the San Francisco Chronicle and the Sacramento Bee have been writing extensively about this incident, reporting that as many as 1500 patients out of Las Vegas have been bused to towns outside of Nevada.

One third of them go the California according to the Sacramento Bee.

Nevada's Chief of Health and Human Services says this is all an isolated incident and does not reflect state policy.

In his words, a "documentation error" led to the improper discharge.

However, Mike Wilden says his office is reviewing the approximately 1500 out-of-state discharges to make sure.

San Francisco's Human Services Agency spent $90,000,000 last year on shelter, transitional housing and other homeless programs.

If the city attorney there can prove patient dumping he says he will demand San Francisco tax payers recover costs from the state of Nevada


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