As near as the staff at a Sacramento homeless advocacy group could tell James Brown had no reason to be in Sacramento — other than instructions and a bus ticket from Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services. He was “confused and scared,” the Bee reports. Staff at Loaves and Fishes believes it is a clear case of “patient dumping.”

James Flavy Coy Brown arrived at Loaves & Fishes carrying his walking papers from a Nevada state mental hospital and a schedule detailing his 15-hour bus ride from Las Vegas to Sacramento. “Discharge to Greyhound bus station by taxi with 3 day supply of medication,” reads the paperwork from Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services that he handed to Loaves & Fishes staffers.

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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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