San Francisco to sue Nevada for dumping unwanted mental patients on us
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera today sent a letter to Nevada state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto informing her of his intent to file a lawsuit over the alleged “patient dumping” by the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas.
Herrera wrote in the letter that his office has found nearly 500 patients were bused from the Nevada hospital to various California cities since April 2008, including 24 to San Francisco.
Of those 24, 20 required emergency medical care within a short time after their arrival, according to the city attorney.
Herrera wrote that San Francisco has spent nearly $500,000 on medical care and housing for those patients, all of whom were homeless and suffering from mental illnesses.