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Nevada creates policy to prevent out-of-state busing of mentally ill patients




Atascadero State Hospital, shown above in this 1999 photo, cares for more than 600 mentally ill patients.
Atascadero State Hospital, shown above in this 1999 photo, cares for more than 600 mentally ill patients.
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An update, now, on a story we brought you last week.

For over five years, a Nevada psychiatric hospital bused more than 1,500 mentally ill patients out of state. About a third of them were dumped right here in California, some without any friends or family to care for them. But just yesterday, Nevada health officials announced a new policy to halt that flow.

Joining us is Dan Morain, opinion editor for the Sacramento Bee, which first broke this story.