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November 21, 2017

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Nevada to pay San Francisco $400,000 to settle patient-busing scandal

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Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital

Nevada has agreed to pay San Francisco an approximately $400,000 settlement related to the Silver State's practice of busing mentally ill patients to California.

The tentative settlement, which includes attorney fees, could be approved as early as Oct. 13 when the Nevada Board of Examiners meets, according to a spokesperson from Gov. Brian Sandoval's office.

An approval would end a two-year legal battle between the state and the California city. In September 2013, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a class-action lawsuit against Nevada on behalf of the California cities where mentally ill patients arrived after being bused from Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas.

The lawsuit sought to bar Nevada from such patient-discharge practices and recoup $500,000 that San Francisco says it spent providing care for the patients in California.

The San Francisco City Attorney's Office declined to comment on the settlement.

The Sacramento Bee brought the issue to light in 2013 when it published a story about James Flavy Coy Brown, a Rawson-Neal patient who was given a one-way bus ticket to Sacramento, despite having no family or friends there or arrangements made for his arrival.

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