CARSON CITY, Nev. (CBS/AP) — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is responding to allegations that the state is dumping psychiatric patients in other states after they’re discharged.

Sandoval issued a statement Tuesday saying disciplinary action was taken after he learned that at least one patient was improperly discharged from Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas.

He added that a new policy was implemented weeks ago to strengthen oversight, and denied Nevada had a policy of dumping.

The response came nearly two months after The Sacramento Bee first published the story of James Flavy Coy Brown, who was discharged from Rawson-Neal to a Greyhound bus and arrived disoriented in Sacramento in mid-February.

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced Monday that he’s launching an investigation into whether Nevada is systematically sending patients out of state.

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