Nevada’s mentally ill put on buses, dumped as homeless in other states…(We’re From The Government! We’re Here To Help!!)
by: Mike Bundrant
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Call them mentally ill; call them creatively maladjusted or anything you want. There are some people who genuinely struggle and need help coping with issues in their psyche.
We need a decent plan to help these people heal and to enable the ones who may never heal to live with dignity. Regardless of these challenges, the one thing you DON’T do is give these vulnerable folks a one-way ticket to a large, unfamiliar city, put them on the bus and consider it somebody else’s problem.
It is called “patient dumping.” When a psychiatric hospital doesn’t know what to do with a patient, they simply ship them off to another state, without a plan, without resources or anyone to greet them when the bus arrives. Essentially, when they step off the bus, they are homeless.
Add to the mix that these folks are typically broke and with no personal identification, exhausted, confused and drugged, and you have a recipe for disaster. But, at least it’s not their former hospital’s problem!
This is our mental health system in action