San Francisco Threatens To Sue Over Patient Dumping

SAN FRANCISCO (August 20, 2013)--San Francisco is threatening to sue Nevada, claiming that about 500 poor psychiatric patients were given one-way bus tickets to California.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera planned to send a letter Tuesday to Nevada Attorney General Catherine Masto, a draft of which threatens a class-action lawsuit against Nevada unless the state reimburses California cities and counties for the costs of dealing with the patients and adopts interstate transfer rules for patients.

The letter said the patients, who have been discharged from a state-run psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas since April of 2008, were given one-way bus tickets to California.

Two-dozen sent to San Francisco were broke, homeless and mentally ill.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that officials at Masto's office and Nevada's health department declined to comment.

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