Nev. hospital patient dumps in Portland

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Nev. hospital patient dumps in Portland
KOIN 6 News obtained documents

By Carla Castano

  1. (1/3)Documents obtained in a KOIN 6 News investigation show people with severe mental health illnesses were given one-way tickets from a state-run hospital in Nevada to Portland.

  2. (2/3)Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas gave mentally ill patients one-way tickets to cities throughout Oregon (KOIN 6 News)

  3. (3/3)A Greyhound bus on the streets of Portland, Oct. 11, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) - Documents obtained in a KOIN 6 News investigation show people with severe mental health illnesses were given one-way tickets from a state-run hospital in Nevada to Portland.

Accusations of "patient dumping" first surfaced in California in April. Now, KOIN 6 News learned the same state-run psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas sent at least 32 of its patients to cities in Oregon.

Those patients were given one-way Greyhound tickets to cities throughout Oregon -- Salem, Tigard, Newport -- but most ended up in Portland.

"They had only a few days worth of medications and no money," said Jason Renaud of the Mental Health Association of Portland. "This is causing homelessness by a psychiatric hospital which is charged with helping persons with severe and persistent mental illness."

A class action lawsuit filed by San Francisco is how Portland's Mental Health Association realized patients from Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital may also have gotten one-way bus tickets to Portland.

San Francisco found 31 other patients were sent to their city.

KOIN 6 News found 1500 questionable one-way tickets throughout the country over the last five years.

No one from the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital would speak with KOIN 6 News, nor would they disclose the status of the patients who received the one-way tickets.

A hospital communications person did send a statement that said from 2008 to 2013, the hospital discharged 31,000 patients, and of those, 8% were non-Nevada residents.

In September, the Mental Health Association of Portland put in a request with the Oregon Department of Justice to investigate. They have not heard back yet.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum's office told KOIN 6 News the staff is looking into it, but it's too early to say if they will investigate.
Vid with the docs at the link:
http://www.koin.com/news/portland/nev-hospital-patient-dumps-in-portland
 

weeniewawa

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good thinking

I hear they did the same to kalifornia as in the story

and Harry Reed is pissed because these are his constituents whose votes he was counting on
 

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Why did they stop in Portland? They could have kept going all the way to North Korea. Think about that, we'd be less a few retards while feeding half the population of a third world country. Win win I say!
 
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Must of been a treat on that bus with them on board...