Nevada Patient Busing

Nevada Patient Busing

The Bee began this investigation after learning of a mentally ill man who, according to sources in the social services community, had been bused from a Nevada state psychiatric hospital to Sacramento, with a minimal supply of food and medication and without any arrangements for his treatment or housing. After locating him in a boarding home in Sacramento, The Bee pieced together James Flavy Coy Browns story by interviewing him at length, tracking down relatives across the country, and talking to doctors, social workers and caregivers he encountered after his arrival in Sacramento. Brown gave us permission to access his confidential medical information.

To put his case in context, The Bee obtained Greyhound bus receipts for the last five years from Nevadas mental health division. An analysis of that data shows that over the past five years, Nevada has bused hundreds of mentally ill patients from its primary state psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas to big cities and small towns across America. Since July 2008, RawsonNeal Psychiatric Hospital has transported more than 1,500 mentally ill patients out of southern Nevada by Greyhound bus, sending at least one person to every state in the continental United States. A third of those patients were sent to California.