LePage: Feds approve plan for Riverview Psychiatric Hospital

12:00 PM, Aug 30, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Gov. Paul LePage says the federal government approves of the state's plan to correct problems at a state-run psychiatric hospital.

The Republican governor announced that the state received a letter late Thursday from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The federal government had threatened to cut $20 million from the hospital by Sept. 2, citing concerns of overcrowding, understaffing and the use of correctional officers, which the hospital said was necessary because patients were attacking staff. Several patients come to the center via jail or court order.

The state on Thursday approved a plan to create a mental health wing at the state prison.

It will decertify 20 beds at Riverview, allowing it to continue using correctional officers. But it will no longer get Medicaid or Medicare reimbursements for those beds.

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