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2 Fired, 3 Disciplined For Patient Dumping

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(Las Vegas, KXNT)–The state of Nevada says two employees have been fired and three others are being disciplined in reaction to the patient dumping scandal in which Nevada is alleged to have discharged mental patients without proper follow-up.

In a statement, the Governor’s office said “All individuals who violated release policies have been or will be disciplined.”

The state reported Tuesday that four other persons involved in the improper discharge of patients no longer work for the state.

The allegations center on the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas, which is reviewing the discharges of 1,500 patients in the past five years. Some–the number has varied–are believed to be patients who were given bus tickets to out of state destinations without proper follow-up.

The city attorneys in San Francisco and Los Angeles have launched investigations into patient dumping from Nevada in their cities, alleging dozens of such incidents may have occurred.

A Sacramento case documented a man who says he had never lived in that city, nor knew anyone there, but was sent there by Nevada with only a few bottles of energy drunks and some medication.

Federal officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told KXNT on Friday that a review conducted by that office cited two violations at Rawson-Neal, including one of rpatient discharge practices. The hospital was ordered to reply within ten days with a plan to rectify the problems. A state HHS official told KXNT following the review that it accepts the findings and would fully cooperate in the corrections.

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