An article has been posted at aiREFORM’s ‘Miscellany’ page. It includes links to various news stories, a PDF of a letter sent by 21 Congressional representatives seeking a full investigation, and more.
This story points out the need for government transparency, and for effective and thoughtful program management from the top levels. I.e., lacking these we will find states spending money and harming people, while shipping their problems back and forth to other states. A knot of health professionals and civil servants, churning out a disservice…
Here’s an excerpt from the 4/7/13 SacBee article that helped to expose this fiasco:
…By the time his Greyhound bus hissed to a stop on Richards Boulevard in Sacramento on the morning of Feb. 12, James Flavy Coy Brown was in a mild panic.
It was 6:30 a.m., 15 hours and 11 stops after a taxi had scooped him up in front of Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas, where he had spent the previous 72 hours, and deposited him at a bus station.
During the long ride to Northern California, Brown had rationed the peanut butter crackers and Ensure nutritional supplements that a staff member at the mental hospital had given him, along with his discharge papers and a bus ticket to Sacramento. His food was gone, and he was nearly out of the medication to treat his array of mood disorders, including schizophrenia, depression and anxiety.
As the bus door opened in Sacramento, Brown, 48, stepped out into the pre-dawn gloom. It was 30 degrees, and his windbreaker was no match for the chill….