NV official admits error with mentally ill patient

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Updated: 3/15/2013 2:35 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's health department chief says his agency "blew it" by sending a patient to Sacramento on a Greyhound bus after the man's release from a Las Vegas mental hospital.

Director Michael Willden of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services told lawmakers Thursday that the agency is changing policy amid the case, but didn't find any indication of systemic "patient dumping."

The Sacramento Bee reported 48-year-old James Flavy Coy Brown arrived Feb. 13 at Loaves & Fishes homeless shelter with papers detailing his 15-hour bus ride from Nevada.

Shelter staffers said Brown appeared confused and frightened, telling them he'd never been to Sacramento before.

Nevada officials say patients can leave the state if they'd like, but state staff must ensure there's a support system at the patient's destination.


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