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Nevada changes psychiatric discharge policy; patients to have travel escorts
Sacramento Bee

In a dramatic change to their controversial discharge practices, Nevada health officials no longer will send state psychiatric patients alone on buses to cities across the country, they said Wednesday. Effective immediately, a chaperone will accompany any mentally ill patient discharged from state facilities “for whom the state is paying transportation costs” to points outside of Nevada, said Mary Woods, spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services.