Illegal "Hospital Dumping" Happening In Lexington

It's a growing problem in Lexington, and some say it may get worse before it ever gets better.

We're talking about hospital dumping.

It's a term used when someone gets out of the hospital and they have no place to go.

Officials with the Catholic Action Center says over the past 18 days, nine men have been released from Eastern State Hospital and delivered here by a taxi cab.

Ginny Ramsey with the Catholic Action Center says many times the families of the individuals don't have the resources to care for them and evidently, the system doesn't either.

As the number of individuals being dumped increases, Ramsey says the risks are on the rise as well!

The Catholic Action Center is working on a way to change that.

Calls were made to Eastern State Hospital, which were not returned.

Joe Toye with the Bluegrass Mental Health Board says he will personally look into the issue.

After talking with the state today about the situation, they have since contacted the Catholic Action Center, and now have a meeting planned to address the problem.

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  • by Tonny Location: lexington on Dec 20, 2007 at 02:59 PM
    if it was not people using our tax dollars to take care of thes people I would not have to pay as much and I could have more what I work out for my self.
  • by Bob on Dec 20, 2007 at 12:31 PM
    Way to go Ernie that is why every time my taxes go up I do not vote for the people in office again we should not have to keep people up on our taxes they should die and get out of the way
  • by Linda Brown on Dec 20, 2007 at 11:23 AM
    good point Ernie I don't like my taxes going to keep up people and trash like that if we did not use taxes like that thay might not be so high
  • by John Location: Christmastown on Dec 20, 2007 at 08:38 AM
    Mexicans, wonder what would happen if i went to Mexico as an illegal? I really dont want to know... Yet america likes to be the good guy, where has that got us... even with our own country?
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Dec 20, 2007 at 07:19 AM
    Good comment Ernie. Must be nice to be able to make those kind of comments sitting in your HOUSE with FOOD and a COMPUTER to be able to type such drivel. Seriously. Maybe the rest of us should remember this when you get fired from your job as an ENGLISH GRAMMAR teacher...
  • by Note for Bart on Dec 20, 2007 at 06:56 AM
    yes, we can blame it on the Mexicans. I noticed the word "illegal" came before the word dumping. Hence, it's an illegal immigrant problem...not really, but it was worth a try to connect it.
  • by Ernie Agee Location: Lexington on Dec 19, 2007 at 09:15 PM
    they are just a wast of our taxes let them set out on the street they will get a job and a place to stay or they will frezz to death one or another they will be gone and off our tax dallers
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Dec 19, 2007 at 09:05 PM
    Is there not some way... any way... that we can blame this on the Mexicans?
  • by JOE Location: BLOW on Dec 19, 2007 at 05:27 PM
    To all the bleading hearts out there, what exactly are the hospitals suppose to do with these people? Do you think they should keep them at the hospital for years until they die? Just make the hospital their home? These people arent going to all of a sudden have a home and job tomorrow. If the hospital kept them until they had a place to stay soon the hospitals would be filled with homeless people. Then where would you go when you get sick?
  • by Abby Location: L on Dec 19, 2007 at 03:28 PM
    It makes me wonder just how many of these mentally challenged people became mentally challenged from drug use, which if so they would be homeless by their own hand. But people born mentally challenged should be taken care of in some sort of mental home setting.
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