Nevada ACLU backing suit against 'patient

Nevada ACLU backing suit against 'patient dumping'
Associated Press

Surrounded by attorneys, James Brown, second from right, talks during a news conference, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at the ACLU headquarters in Las Vegas, about currently living with his daughter, Shotzy Harrison, far left, of Winston Salem, N.C., after being discharged by doctors from a mental health care facility in Las Vegas and given a one-way bus ticket in February to Northern California. The ACLU and a Sacramento, Calif.-based lawyer, Mark Merin, filed the lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of Brown and nearly 1,500 other people they claim were bused since 2008 to almost every state in the country. Defendants are six state agencies including the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, the Division of Mental Health and Development Services and the Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance, plus eight individual hospital and state agency administrators. The lawsuit makes nine claims, including negligence and breach of fiduciary duty. It seeks an immediate court order to stop Nevada from sending psychiatric patients out of state, unspecified damages for Brown and others, and a declaration that patients' civil rights were violated. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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