'Patient Dumping' Case Dismissed by Nevada Judge

A federal judge in Nevada dismissed a civil lawsuit involving "patient dumping" by a Las Vegas hospital accused of releasing a psychiatric patient and putting him on a bus to Sacramento.

The lawsuit was filed against the state of Nevada by James Flavy Coy Brown and hundreds of other patients who were released from Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas and bussed to cities around the country.

Brown was given a bus ticket to Sacramento upon his release from the institution. He did not have any family, friends or other support networks in Sacramento and was unable to get treatment after he arrived.

An official investigation uncovered that the hospital had bussed nearly 1,500 patients to different cities nationwide over a five-year period.

Plaintiffs claim the hospital's practice of "patient dumping" was a violation of their civil rights, according to court documents.

The class-action suit was dismissed on Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge James C. Mahan, who said that there is no proof that Brown was compelled by the state to get on the bus, only that he was provided with a bus ticket that he could have chosen not to use.

As a result of the investigation, the hospital was stripped of its accreditation.