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PATIENT BUSING: Brown to celebrate Father's Day again

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Updated: 5/01 9:05 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- James Brown, the former Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital patient who says he was the victim of patient dumping, revisited the facility that sent him away.

Wednesday was the first time Brown had seen the hospital since February, when the medical staff discharged and sent him on a 15-hour bus ride to Sacramento, Calif., a place he had never been before.

He was given a three-day supply of medication and some snacks. Brown says he's lucky to be alive because no help was waiting for him when he got there.

“I see myself as a victim -- still. I'm not a victor, I don’t think I ever will be a victor,” he said. “I'll always be a victim. This is something that happened to me. Out of all the bad things I can think of that’s happened to me, this is the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.”

According to the civil complaint filed Wednesday by the ACLU and Brown's attorney, constitutional rights were violated of more than a hundred patients.

The suit asks for damages and to prevent the hospital from ever doing this again.

Brown and his daughter, Shotzy Harrison, who were reunited after years of estrangement, will be spending this Father's Day weekend back in North Carolina.

A federal investigation into Rawson-Neal continues. The results are expected soon.

Two Rawson-Neal staffers were fired and others disciplined after a national spotlight was shined on brown's story. Changes were made to ensure patients were only discharged with chaperones.


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