Shotzy Harrison lived with her father, James Flavy Coy Brown, until she was three years old. But James, who has been treated for several different mental illnesses for decades, was in and out of Shotzy’s life as a result.

In 2013, James headed West and ended up at the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas. But he wasn’t there for long. In fact, he was one of around 1,500 patients who’d been discharged without support services and bussed out of state and across the country.

As the state of Nevada cut funding for mental health services, the practice became more widespread. “Greyhound therapy” – that’s what Cynthia Hubert, a reporter for The Sacramento Bee who broke the story, called it. She found James and later called Shotzy to fill her in.

Shortly after they reconnected, Shotzy and James sat down for a StoryCorps interview where they were able to reflect on their relationship and the time they’d lost.


In this episode of the StoryCorps podcast, you’re going to hear parts of that conversation and an update from Shotzy five years later.

Top photo: Artwork by Eleanor Davis.
Bottom photo: Shotzy Harrison and James Flavy Coy Brown at their StoryCorps interview in 2013. Photo by Anita Rao for StoryCorps.

Released on December 18, 2018.

Like the music in this episode? Support the artists:
“Hollow & ghosts” by Ending Satellites featuring Francois Creutzer from the album And so sing the black birds
“Untitled #7,” “Untitled #4,” and “Untitled #8″ by Yusuke Tsutsumi from the album Birds Flying in the Dark