SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — The city attorney said Monday he’s launching an investigation into whether Nevada health officials are systemically sending psychiatric patients to San Francisco and other cities.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent a letter to Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services demanding to see documents related to what he termed “patient dumping” — the alleged practice of discharging psychiatric patients and busing them to other places.
“Assuming the reports are true, Nevada’s practice of psychiatric `patient dumping’ is shockingly inhumane and illegal,” Herrera said in a statement. “We intend to investigate these reports thoroughly, and I am inviting input from providers of services to San Francisco’s homeless, who may be willing to volunteer evidence and testimony to assist the city in a potential civil action.”
Nevada officials said there is no evidence they have been systemically sending patients out of state.