AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers are searching for a way to prevent a state-run psychiatric hospital from losing $20 million in federal funding next month.
The Appropriations Committee met Thursday to discuss the situation at Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are threatening to cut $20 million from the center's budget by Sept. 2 because of overcrowding and inadequate staffing.
Gov. Paul LePage's administration is urging lawmakers to take action on a bill to create a mental health wing within the Maine State Prison to cut down on overcrowding at the facility.
The committee says its supports the bill but wants to bring together a stakeholder group over the next week to see if it needs to be amended. Lawmakers return next Thursday for a special session.
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