US may cut $20m from Maine psychiatric hospital


The Riverview Psychiatric Center could see more than half of its operating budget stripped away by the federal government for failing to meet guidelines. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services cited overcrowding and inadequate staffing for the threat to withhold $20 million by Sept. 2. Governor Paul LePage blamed lawmakers for failing to act on his bill to create a mental health ward at the Maine State Prison to cut down on overcrowding at the 92-bed hospital in Augusta. LePage issued a statement accusing Democratic leadership of misplaced priorities, but Democratic lawmakers said the LePage administration recommended holding over LePage’s $3 million proposal for the state prison for the next session in January.

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