Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the agencies that should be overseeing mental health care are whitewashing Nevada's practice of busing its mentally ill patients to all corners of the continental United States. It's easier that way.
A damning series of stories published this year in The Sacramento Bee accuses Nevada of systematically dumping mental health patients on other states, particularly California.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval still has plenty of explaining to do about his state's cavalier policy of busing mentally ill patients unescorted to all corners of the continental United States.
Nevada's practice of busing patients with mental illness to all corners of the country is reprehensible. The response is not much better.
Nevada state mental health officials acknowledge that they bought bus ticket tickets for at least 99 psychiatric patients and sent them to California since last July.
In what appears to have been an egregious case of interstate patient dumping, a 48-year-old severely disturbed schizophrenic says he was released from a state mental institution in Las Vegas more than two weeks ago, put on a Greyhound bus to Sacramento and told to call 911 when he got here.