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

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Atascadero State Hospital, shown above in this 1999 photo, cares for more than 600 mentally ill patients. Reed Saxon/AP

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.

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