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Once suicidal, shipped off, he now battles state over care

SAN FRANCISCO — David Theisen keeps his legal papers in a frayed yellow envelope in his tiny transients’ hotel room, a toilet down the hall. The covers of his beloved comic books, with titles like “Dark Mysteries” and “Vault of Horror,” line the drab walls.

A lot has changed in the year and a half since Theisen, 52 and homeless, threatened to kill himself and ended up in a Las Vegas psychiatric center. After one night, Theisen found himself on a bus to San Francisco, several sack lunches and a day’s worth of medication clutched in his lap.

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