In America, the government approves of busing mental health patients to other states, leaving them homeless, then doing it all over again.
According to a Sacramento Bee review of bus receipts kept by the Nevada Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services, the number of patients with mental illnesses sent by Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas to other cities via Greyhound bus increased by 66% from 2009 to 2012.
The Bee found that Rawson-Neal has sent more than 1,500 patients to other cities since July 2008.
Several individual cases were discovered in which the patient exited the bus in California with no contacts, no prearranged place to stay, no identification and no resources whatsoever.
These folks are labeled with serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, medicated and feeling utterly hopeless. The Sacramento Bee launched its investigation after one man former Rawson-Neal patient showed up at a homeless shelter, disturbed and suicidal.
Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital has now come through the government’s review of its practices with its accreditation fully in tact!
The government by and for the people has spoken and we approve!
So, keep it up. We trust you with the care of our mentally challenged people, just as we trust you with all of our health care needs, as well as the food and water supply, scientific research, the environment, and our individual liberties.
We know the government always acts in our best interest, so if you say that a psychiatric hospital that buses its patients away and leaves them for dead is OK, then it must be OK!
When you enable abuse, you sabotage your health. Keeping a hospital like Rawson-Neal in business, after years of serious patient abuse is nothing more than sabotage of our community mental health.