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Records provide insight into care of former Rawson-Neal patient

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Updated: 5/06/2013 10:43 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- We're getting a better idea of how doctors diagnosed the former Rawson-Neal patient who claims he was the victim of patient dumping.

James Brown was given a one-way bus ticket to Sacramento. He told us he didn't want to go to California, but was sent there anyway, with no family or support system waiting for him.

News 3's Marissa Mike has been digging into the nearly 200 pages of Brown's patient records. The records reveal there were recurring themes in Brown's diagnoses.

When it comes to former Rawson-Neal patient James Brown, he has a history of mental and medical problems according to case records News 3 obtained.

The document highlight Brown's record of care while in Las Vegas.

With Brown's approval, and with the signature of his daughter, News 3 got this information from the Nevada department of health and human services.

There are 166 pages where doctors and nurses describe his condition at the county hospital, a treatment center and Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital.

A recurring theme throughout the documentation are symptoms and conditions: "psychosis, hearing voices thinking of suicide... "the overall evaluation: "failure to care for self."

One doctor checked off a very telling box that reads, “James Brown acted in a manner without the care supervision or continued assistance of others, he will be unable to satisfy the need for nourishment personal or medical care due to his mental illness."

Those notes echoed multiple times by other health care officials analyzing his condition throughout his time in Las Vegas.

Yet eventually Rawson-Neal discharged James Brown that same man who doctors earlier said it did not seem like he could keep himself ssafe when his meds run dry.

"I start to hear voices in my head and i start having psychotic episodes if i don't take my medications," Brown said.

Still, Brown was sent by taxi to the bus depot where he was shipped out of state on a 9-stop Greyhound bus ride to Sacramento, Calif.

It cost the tax payers $306.50 to send Brown on his way.

A doctor recommended a three-day supply of medication and snacks for his 15-hour trip.

Left to self-medicate, he says he got off the bus in Sacramento and contemplated ending his own life because the voices in his head grew louder with each step.

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