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500 Homeless Mental Patients Were Given Bus Pass California By Nevada Government Program

Health & Wellness  (tags: Berkeley Patients Group, California, homeless, Nevada, San Francisco )

- 1301 days ago -
Over the past 5 years, Nevada has transferred to other states approximately 1,500 patients discharged from its state-run Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital, including 500 patients that Nevada sent by Greyhound bus to cities and counties in California.


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Rose B (141)
Friday October 23, 2015, 9:51 pm
These people will need on going care

Judy C (91)
Saturday October 24, 2015, 6:36 pm
They will, and this seems like a pretty bad practice, to me, Rose. These people deserve better.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday October 25, 2015, 3:09 pm
SHAME! Instead of helping them they just get rid of them.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday October 25, 2015, 4:04 pm
Noted. Thanks, Judy.
Glad to see it's over and a settlement was agreed upon. I agree with Birgit; this is shameful.

Gloria H (88)
Sunday October 25, 2015, 8:06 pm
At least they don't have road rage with a deadly vehicle.

Heidi Aubrey (4)
Sunday October 25, 2015, 10:23 pm
The lawsuit is about time! The taxpayers of their state should be taken care of by their state. All high taxed states are the victims of poor, corporate greed, Republican dominated states. California, New York, Connecticut, Virginia and others have very good public care and food programs. Needless to say this is where all the homeless and illegal aliens tend to congregate.

It is really an unfair burden to the state's taxpayers. As a taxpayer we should be taking care of our own. Meaning outstanding transportation services, really well maintained state freeways and local streets, sidewalks, street lights, and should be free trash pickup. Libraries, schools, and public works should be a priority. The residents who benefit from these services as well as the social services SHOULD be verified as residents of that state.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday October 28, 2015, 5:24 am
The patients, many of whom were mentally ill indigent and not California residents, were sent to various destinations with no arrangements for when they arrived, according to the lawsuit.

Absolutely appalling although being a citizen of the USA not at all surprised. It would be hard enough to be sent to an area one had no knowledge of with their mental and physical health in tip top shape and some place to go let alone be dropped off with no where to go and not having all one's mental and physical capacities.

Why didn't Nevada just put a bullet in their head, would of been far more humane. They sent these poor souls to a city they had no knowledge of and could of ended up being preyed upon by anyone.

But this is how a RED Republican State meets it's budget from all those TAX cuts given to the most well to do. Just send those who need services to a BLUE State that is at least trying to help it's citizens, despite the down turn with the economics and their own failed policies. But at least the Blue States still "try" a bit harder.

"It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped."
Hubert H. Humphrey Vice President USA


Judy C (91)
Wednesday October 28, 2015, 2:59 pm
Thanks everyone. It seems that some states more than others think it' OK to just ignore or shortchange some of the primary responsibilities of the state. These include ADEQUATE services for those not able to care for themselves fully, as well as infrastructure and maintenance of schools, libraries, and so on. If there are insufficient funds, rather than stupidly cutting corners, it's obvious that those who can afford to pay more taxes and draw greater benefits from society need to pay their FAIR share to make their states decent places to live. If the state's needs are not met, everyone suffers in the end.

That's a good quote by Hubert Humphrey, Dandelion. It is indeed shameful when our government fails to meet the test he speaks of. I can't imagine, either, what it would be like for these individuals who are already suffering to just be dumped in a strange place, with no one to help them, and no resources!

The article doesn't seem clear to me on exactly who will get the funds from the San Francisco settlement. I suppose it will be the State of California. You can bet none of the people who were discarded will see a dime of the award for what was done to them.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday October 28, 2015, 4:11 pm
Within the article it read:

The patients received care at San Francisco General Hospital or various health clinics under the auspices of the Department of Public Health. About $500,000 in medical care, shelter and other basic necessities was spent on these bus patients, according to the lawsuit.

So, I'd say nothing is going to the victims. We can only hope that they all ended up being cared for in the end if they didn't just disappear into the jungle of the city and got lost, ended up dying with lack of care or outright by being murdered.

I suspect we'll never fully know to many in society these people are considered burdens. That has been the whole problem with this Ayn Rand crap and "greed is good" that the individual takes care of himself. Well all fine and well if the individual has good health, came from a family that allowed them a better start in life, has a good job, and a great support system around them. Many people don't have this, and if one thing goes away one can find themselves in a world of hurt and now in a society that could care less.
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