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I-Team: Father accuses mental health ctr. of patient dumping son

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LAS VEGAS -- A lawsuit accusing a local mental health center of patient dumping has been dismissed.

The case isn't about bussing a patient out of state but putting one in a car and sending him across town to his father's house, even after the father says he told the treatment center he didn't have the resources to handle his son's psychological problems.

Last May, a 20-year-old a patient at the Spring Mountain Treatment Center became the focus of the lawsuit. The man's father, Lee Szymborski, accuses the treatment center of dumping his son at Szymborski's North Las Vegas house while he wasn't home.

“He didn't want to come here. I didn't want him here. They forced him here anyway,” Szymborski said.

Szymborski says his son smashed a picture window to get in and caused about $20,000 in damage.

“He was looking for his wallet. He can't find it and he flips out, destroys the house and runs off. And he goes missing for three weeks,” Szymborski said.

Szymborski filed a lawsuit against the treatment center and a complaint with state regulators. The state found a number of violations at the center and concluded, "The facility or agency was not in compliance with rules and or regulations."

“I feel my case is a case of real patient dumping because it resulted in nine pages of substantiated charges by the state of Nevada's Bureau of Health Care and Quality Control,” Szymborski pointed out.

On Tuesday, the lawsuit Szymborski filed against the treatment center was tossed out by senior Judge Joe Bonaventure.

Bonaventure agreed with lawyers for the mental health center that Szymborski's case was essentially a medical malpractice case and those cases require at least one document from a medical professional supporting the allegations.

“All you have to do is go get a little medical affidavit, file another complaint and attach it,” Judge Joseph Bonaventure said.

Judge Bonaventure told Szymborski he could file a new lawsuit, when he gathered the necessary paperwork.

However, Szymborski, who is acting as his own lawyer, was clearly dismayed by the dismissal.

“There are just no words to describe how horribly wrong this is,” Szymborski said.

The attorney for the Spring Mountain Treatment Center declined to comment after the ruling. Szymborski says he may appeal the judge's decision. He is also considering filing suit in federal court.

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