Rawson-Neal mental hospital controversy upsets namesake

State Sen. Ray Rawson (R) (From: leg.state.nv.us)
State Sen. Ray Rawson (R) (From: leg.state.nv.us)
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Updated: 12/22/2013 8:26 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — One of the namesakes of Nevada's primary hospital for mentally ill people says he's upset about controversy over the facility.

Rawson-Neal Hospital in Las Vegas has been the subject of a series of investigative reports by The Sacramento Bee that began earlier this year when the newspaper reported that over 1,000 patients there were provided bus tickets out of state upon discharge.

Former state Sen. Ray Rawson told KSNV-TV the state has a responsibility to take care of the mentally ill and may need more facilities and employees to deal with them.

In a follow-up investigation published last weekend, the Bee tracked some of those patients and found that the busing often led to crime and tragedy in other cities around the country.

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