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San Francisco officials request detailed records of Nevada's patient busing policy

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Updated: 4/23/2013 8:54 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Yet another investigation into alleged "patient dumping" by the state's psychiatric hospital, Rawson Neal, is underway. The San Francisco city attorney announced today his office is launching its own probe.

The investigation comes as federal officials conduct their investigation and Nevada health officials look into every single case of transporting patients from Rawson Neal hospital out of state since 2008. The review by San Francisco city officials has requested detailed records from Nevada's health authorities regarding this matter.

It was reported that hundreds of Rawson-Neal patients were shipped out of Nevada for years. San Francisco's city attorney sent a 3-page letter to Mike Wilden, the director of Nevada's health and human services, informing him of the investigation. Bus receipts of discharged patients were requested along with the documentation showing approval of patient transfers to California.

State officials have defended the busing policy. They say many patients were mentally stable and cleared to go home to their destinations where family and friends were waiting for them,

Civil rights group ACLU says it’s awaiting the results of all the investigations to determine if action needs to be taken.

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