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US may cut $20m from Maine psychiatric hospital

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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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