The Los Angeles city attorney has reached a $1.6 million settlement agreement with College Hospital over allegedly dumping psychiatric patients on Los Angeles Skid Rowthe latest in a string of actions aimed at cracking down on the practice.
The court order prohibits College Hospital Costa Mesa and College Hospital Cerritos from transporting discharged psychiatric patients to streets or shelters within a new patient safety zone around Skid Row. The facilities must also implement written discharge planning policies within one year.
The facilities, managed by privately held College Health Enterprises in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., will pay $1.2 million in total charitable contributions to organizations that care for area mentally ill and homeless, and pay a $400,000 fine to Los Angeles, according to the agreement.
The city began investigating the facilities in April 2008 after a suicidal mentally ill patient allegedly was left on Skid Row twice by College Hospital Costa Mesa. City officials say the facilities may have dumped 150 patients on skid row in the two years prior. College Hospital admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement.