Oregon group seeks patient dumping suit
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CREATED Oct. 12, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Another state may be jumping into the fight against alleged patient dumping by a local psychiatric hospital.
It all stems from the class action lawsuit filed last month by the San Francisco City Attorney.
Specifically nearly 400 pages of receipts documenting the bus tickets Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital reportedly bought to send patients from Las Vegas to cities all over the country.
The Mental Health Association of Portland is now asking the beaver state to get involved.
The group says receipts released by the San Francisco City Attorney show dozens of bus tickets were purchased for patients destined for Oregon, but admit they haven’t been able to figure out when the patients arrived.
"No, we don't know. There's a lot of facts we don't know about this. Rawson-Neal's not been very open," board member Jason Renaud said.
Renaud has petitioned Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to join the San Francisco City Attorney's lawsuit against Nevada for patient dumping.
Oregon's AG’s office hasn't decided to join the class action suit yet.
Meanwhile, San Francisco’s City Attorney claims taxpayers paid a half a million dollars in treatment costs for the 20 mental patients who were bused there from the hospital here in Las Vegas.
"Well, I think it's important that these communities get some compensation. This is a harm to our community that this hospital has caused," said Renaud. "The discharges to California were all unreasonable. People were left on the streets without money and without medicine and that's not a good discharge."
Action News has reached out to state health officials, but we have not heard back from anyone yet.