AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - 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 its threat to withhold $20 million by Sept. 2. Gov. 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 say the LePage administration recommended holding LePage's $3 million proposal for the state prison over for the next session in January. Democratic leaders said they were hopeful for a swift solution.
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