Sandoval FINALLY Comments on Patient Dumping Scandal, Defends Facility Accused of the Practice

Sandoval FINALLY Comments on Patient Dumping Scandal, Defends Facility Accused of the Practice

 

KSNV: Sandoval “standing by the Las Vegas state psychiatric facility even in its darkest hour.”

 

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Las Vegas, NV – Last weekend, new reports surfaced in the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Sacramento Bee of the ongoing patient dumping scandal in Nevada, a process in which patients with serious mental health issues are essentially bused from Nevada medical facilities to states like California that, you know, actually fund mental health services.  How did Governor Brian Sandoval respond when asked by members of the media for comment on this truly heinous process, a process his Administration has overseen no less?  Well, initially, he didn’t.  He was apparently too busy promoting the widely-panned new state slogan to comment on his Administration casting off patients with serious mental health issues to other states.  

 

But then, last night, the Governor got caught off-guard by KSNV in Las Vegas.  KSNV reported that Sandoval was “standing by the Las Vegas state psychiatric facility even in its darkest hour,” the facility being the Rawson-Neal Hospital that the Sacramento Bee earlier reported had shipped at least 1,500 patients out of state.  According to KSNV, Sandoval went on to praise the hospital, saying there is a “good quality of care” at Rawson-Neal. 

 

“Good quality of care?”  Apparently the Governor has a different definition of that than, say, the patients at Rawson-Neal who were bused out of state. 

 

But this isn’t the first time the Governor has demonstrated just how out-of-touch and indifferent he is on the state of mental health in Nevada. No, if you truly want to know just how important Brian Sandoval thinks mental health funding is, look at his proposed budget in 2011.  Sandoval’s proposed 2011 budget cut mental health funding by 12.4 percent.  The Governor even proposed ending state support for mental health courts in Clark and Washoe Counties.  With a record like that, it’s no wonder the Governor is now defending the facility accused of patient dumping.  But if it is Sandoval’s strategy to defend Rawson-Neal’s patient dumping, maybe he should make sure his staff gets the memo.  Because his own Health and Human Services Director admitted that the Sandoval Administration “blew it” on patient dumping. 

 

 

“After proposing massive cuts to mental health funding last session, Governor Sandoval is now defending the facility accused of the heinous practice of patient dumping,” said Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Zach Hudson.  “It is a clear demonstration of where the Governor’s priorities are that his Administration has now gone from throwing mental health patients under the bus last session to putting them on a bus and shipping them to other states.  Considering the Governor’s own staff has admitted the Administration ‘blew it’ on patient dumping, it is time for the Governor to stop defending this facility.”