This is a press release submitted to the Las Vegas Sun. It has not been verified or edited by the Sun.
Family of Local Man to Protest Involuntary Psychiatric Admission and Detainment
Published on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 (11:59 a.m.)LAS VEGAS, NV, Nov. 26, 2013 – Friends and family of 25-year-old Gionni Mione will protest his detainment at Valley Hospital Medical Center today at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They allege that the hospital has held Gionni for a week without any contact with a psychiatric doctor, as well as subjected him to retaliatory measures.
Gionni, a cancer patient undergoing holistic care, was admitted under Nevada’s L2K law (NRS 433A) after a minor traffic accident on Nov. 19, 2013. According to court filings, he was admitted to Valley Hospital Medical Center after displaying “erratic behavior – Seen Getting up and searching under the gurney or other items MULTIPLE times for ‘Candy’.” According to Gionni’s mother Elaine Mione, his
behavior was caused by his holistic cancer treatment, not by mental illness.
Gionni’s brother Nicholas alleged that the hospital has not reevaluated Gionni since his admission on Nov. 19 and has threatened to hold him until after Thanksgiving. He added that this was a reckless and inappropriate use of L2K, which regulates the admission, evaluation and release of mental patients.
“Today, we threatened (Valley Hospital Medical Center) with a lawsuit for illegal detainment,” Nicholas said yesterday. “In response to this, staff are now refusing to let us bring him organic food and nutrition that is required for the natural healing of his cancer, and have even taken his Nutritional Balancing books away from him because of this.”
He added that Gionni’s family will hold their protest “to stand up for his human and civil rights and have him released. Come out if you can stand up for his and your rights to fair and compassionate care and health freedom.”
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