San Francisco’s city attorney says he is launching an investigation into whether Nevada health officials are systemically sending psychiatric patients to San Francisco and other cities.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent a letter Monday to Nevada officials demanding to see documents related to what he termed “patient dumping.” That’s the state’s alleged practice of discharging psychiatric patients and busing them to San Francisco and other cities.
In his letter to the director of Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services, with copies sent to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and other officials, Herrera cites a series of articles in the Sacramento Bee detailing how Nevada’s primary state psychiatric hospital has transported more than 1,500 psychiatric patients by Greyhound bus over a five-year period.
Nevada officials say there is no evidence they have been systemically sending patients out of state.
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