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I-TEAM: Psychiatric Hospital Lays Out Plans to Fix Problems

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LAS VEGAS -- State health leaders are telling the feds they have a plan to fix southern Nevada's only mental hospital, the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital.

The problems surfaced after the hospital was accused of putting patients on a bus and sending them out of state.

The I-Team previously reported on several hundred Greyhound Bus receipts showing patients were bussed all over the country, a practice that put federal funding for the state hospital in jeopardy.

The feds gave Nevada until Wednesday to submit the fix. The state told the I-Team it met the deadline, but it is not revealing what the plan is. State officials say they will make the plan public, when they hear back from the feds in about two weeks.

This is not the first time Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital has been in trouble with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services. In November, federal inspectors found problems with nursing services at the hospital.

The feds sent a letter to the state hospital earlier this month explaining how they believe there are still problems at Rawson-Neal. They gave the state until Wednesday to explain how they'll fix those problems or risk losing millions in federal funding.

A health department spokesperson expects to have inspectors from the joint commission come by in the coming month or two. Rawson-Neal lost its accreditation from that agency.

At the same time, a lawsuit by a former patient, accusing the hospital of bussing him to Sacramento, is going forward.

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