The San Francisco city attorney on Tuesday accused Nevada health officials of improperly busing two dozen mental patients from Las Vegas to San Francisco in recent years, and threatened to file a class-action lawsuit if Nevada doesn't repay the cost of caring for them and hundreds of other patients shipped via Greyhound to California during that time.
A Nevada state legislative committee on Tuesday unanimously approved $2.1 million in emergency spending to shore up the state's mental health system.
Nevada's largest psychiatric facility should hire more staff and shore up discharge protocols to guard against practices that resulted in some patients being bused alone out of state, with no shelter or family waiting at their destination, two consultants hired by the state concluded in a report Thursday.
Twenty-one California lawmakers sent a letter Tuesday to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. attorney general calling for an investigation into Nevada's long-standing practice of busing mentally ill patients to other states.
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday sent a letter to Nevada health officials telling them that, due to "serious deficiencies," the state's primary psychiatric hospital "may be subject to termination of its Medicare provider agreement," according to a copy of the letter obtained by The Bee.