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I-Team: Lawsuit Over 'Patient Dumping' Dismissed

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Former Rawson-Neal patient James Brown Former Rawson-Neal patient James Brown

LAS VEGAS -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Rawson Neal Psychiatric Hospital in connection with allegations of patient dumping.

The suit was filed this past summer by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada and a civil rights lawyer from California on behalf of patient, James Brown, who said the hospital put him on a bus to Sacramento, even though he had no family or friends in that city.

In an interview with 8 News NOW in June, Brown said hospital employees put him on a Greyhound Bus with pills and energy drinks.

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In the ruling, the judge said that plaintiff was never forced to leave the state only that the hospital gave him the means to go. The ruling also found that the coercive power of the state was never imposed on the plaintiff.

"We clearly disagree with the decision the federal court came out with and are disappointed in the findings and the decision of the judge. So, we'll be reviewing our options and we'll get back to you once that's done," ACLU Nevada Director Tod Story said.

The ACLU points out that the federal judge kept open the possibility of re-filing the case with changes.

The State Department of Health and Human Services defended treatment at Rawson-Neal, admitting some mistakes were made, but that the system itself treated patients fairly. It has not commented on Thursday's decision.

Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital now faces federal scrutiny and accreditation problems.


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