Nevada to require escorts when busing patients

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Updated: 4/25/2013 6:04 pm

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.


Information from: Las Vegas Sun,


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FrustratedNV - 4/24/2013 8:17 PM
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I wonder if the Governor will address the problem of homeless shelters and providers who regularly bus non-mentally ill homeless out of state. Or perhaps he will find a solution for the jails and prisons that release former inmates out onto the streets without any resources. Or maybe he will figure out how to stop the hospitals from discharging homeless patients onto the streets in their hospital gowns and IV's still attached.. This is an enormous problem in this state and his solution barely scratches the surface. (And don't blame the jails, prisons, hospitals, and homeless shelters as they have no money or other resources available to fix this massive problem on their own)

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