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California lawmakers push for patient dumping investigation

Reported by: Marissa Mike
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Updated: 5/01/2013 9:35 pm
LAS VEGAS -- California lawmakers are turning up the heat as they push for a federal investigation into accusations that a Las Vegas psychiatric hospital engaged in patient dumping.

News 3's Marissa mike is following the story and reports the demands for federal probes are growing.

In a letter signed by 21 California lawmakers and sent to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services along with the U.S. attorney general, it says Rawson-Neal may have broken the law by putting patients on a bus with one-way tickets out-of-state.

Lawmakers add it may qualify as quote 'interstate kidnapping.'

Rawson-Neal hospital is under fire and is accused of bussing discharged patients all over the country with no help waiting at the destination.

Of the 1,500 discharged patients who were bused out of state in the last 5 years, state officials tell News 3, health officials didn't follow policy in 10 of those cases.

Nevada governor brian sandoval made changes to the bus policy, making it mandatory that chaperones accompany every single discharged patient shipped out of state.
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