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The Sacramento Bee

“Nevada buses hundreds of mentally ill patients to cities around country”

According to this article, Rawson-Neal, a psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas, discharged over 400 patients in 2012 alone to other cities and states around the country. The author states that patients were sent to at least 45 other states via Greyhound buses, often to cities in California and Arizona. One person in the article calls the practice “patient dumping” and many view it as risky to send those with mental illness to other cities, particularly where they might not have family or other supports in place.

Other hospitals have discharged those with mental illness in the recent past, but according to officials quoted in the article, hospital staff travel with the patients.