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Matsui introduces federal ‘anti-dumping’ bill for mental hospitals
Sacramento Bee

Spurred by concerns that a Nevada hospital bused hundreds of mental patients across the country, in some cases to cities where they had no support system or treatment arrangements, Rep. Doris Matsui has introduced federal legislation that would impose hefty fines on facilities that engage in so-called “Greyhound therapy.” Matsui, a Sacramento Democrat, introduced the House bill last week; it would be the first federal law to specifically address “dumping” of mentally ill people by psychiatric hospitals onto other facilities or jurisdictions without a discharge plan.