Frankly I’ve grown tired of the libs complaining about Republicans not taking care of the mentally ill. We give them the opportunity to pray to Jesus! But when that fails to work, we have other solutions:
To attract tourist dollars, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval unveiled a cheery little ad that displays the Silver State’s sunny side and is set against a toe-tapping version of “Don’t Fence Me In,” the sort of tune that can worm its way into your head.
The governor proudly displayed a new slogan: “Nevada: A world within. A state apart.”
Funny thing, but Sandoval can’t bring himself to talk about a policy that truly sets Nevada apart: busing patients from Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas to every state in the continental United States.
“We are going to decline to comment,” Sandoval’s press secretary, Mary-Sarah Kinner, said in a recent email, before she stopped bothering to respond to my requests for comment. […]
Also noteworthy, Nevada buses many of its psych patients to those areas, 240 to the Los Angeles-Orange County area, 48 to the Bay Area and 71 to the Phoenix-Mesa-Tucson area since mid-2008.
“We’re not amused by what they’re doing,” said Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach, who, like other California officials, had been unaware of Nevada’s practice.
For years, Nevada carried out its policy quietly, failing to inform mental health care professionals on the receiving end of the bus rides.
But in February, Rawson-Neal’s staff stumbled by giving James Flavy Coy Brown a three-day supply of anti-psychotic medication, four bottles of Ensure and what he called “cheesy peanut butter crackers,” and sending him on a 15-hour Greyhound bus ride to Sacramento, where he has no family and no connections.
Brown, who has schizophrenia, made his way to the Loaves & Fishes shelter in Sacramento, where a social worker listened to his story and got his permission to call my colleague Cynthia Hubert. She has been writing about Brown ever since.
We also used the Nevada public records act to get receipts of all bus tickets purchased by the Nevada mental health department back to mid-2008 and found that Nevada authorities bused 1,500 human beings from its Las Vegas psychiatric hospital to cities in every corner of the country.
Hey feed the hungry, and care for the sick! That’s how we keep taxes low; let the libs have ’em!
On an unrelated note, get a load of these lib-tarts! This is ridiculous! They are very naughty and need to be spanked!