The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada in cooperation with Sacramento civil rights attorney, Mark Merin, filed a class action lawsuit challenging the practice of dumping psychiatric patients in out of state locations. Over the last four years, Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Law Vegas, bussed 1500 patients to out of state to cities where the patient had no family, no friends or contacts, leaving the patient without arrangements for housing, hospitalization or follow-up care. Agencies investigating the violation of required discharge practices have deplored the patient dumping.

The lawsuit, Brown v. Rawson Neal, was filed on June 11, 2013, and is brought by the ACLU of Nevada and Sacramento-based civil rights attorney Mark Merin who is retained by James Brown, whose busing to Sacramento exposed the wide-spread practice.

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