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Lawsuit claims Nevada hospital violated mentally ill patients' rights




Atascadero State Hospital, shown above in this 1999 photo. A psychiatric hospital in Nevada is being sued for allegedly bussing mentally ill patients out of state.
Atascadero State Hospital, shown above in this 1999 photo. A psychiatric hospital in Nevada is being sued for allegedly bussing mentally ill patients out of state.
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An update now on a story we've been following about a psychiatric hospital in Nevada. Back in April, it was reported that the facility had put as many as 1,500 mentally ill patients on buses and sent them to cities around the country.

About a third of them ended up here in Southern California.

Now, a class action lawsuit has been brought against the state of Nevada and the hospital, charging them with violating patients' constitutional rights.

Here with more on the lawsuit is Phillip Reese, who's following this story for the Sacramento Bee.