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San Francisco to OK patient-dumping lawsuit settlement

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco supervisors are on track to accept $400,000 from Nevada to settle allegations that psychiatric patients were wrongly shipped to California upon discharge.

The settlement is on Tuesday's Board of Supervisors agenda.

San Francisco sued Nevada in September 2013 after the Sacramento Bee published accounts of patients who were discharged from a psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas, and given bus tickets to California cities for further care.

San Francisco's city attorney said 24 people with no prior connection to the city had been bused there over a five-year period, and 20 needed medical care shortly after they arrived.

In the months immediately after the newspaper's investigation, Nevada health officials said policies were strengthened to better care for discharged patients at their destination. Several employees were also fired.

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