Those in Missouri who receive Social Security disability benefits for a mental condition or know somebody who does may be shocked to hear that a hospital in another state is accused of "treating" some of its mental health patients by putting them on a bus bound for somewhere else. The hospital is the subject of a lawsuit that is seeking class-action status for nearly 1,500 potential plaintiffs who say that they were quietly shuttled off when their symptoms became too difficult.
So far, only one plaintiff has been named. He is a 48-year-old man who has been living with mental health disability for several years. He moved to Nevada in 2011, where he was able to live independently with the help of SSD benefits for two years before his symptoms worsened. He checked into the hospital, where he was diagnosed as hearing voices and having suicidal thoughts.