Lawmakers Urge Quicker Fix For Riverview Psychiatric Center 

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers say the state needs to move quicker to address problems at a psychiatric hospital that lost more than half its operating budget.

The federal government cut $20 million from the Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta in October, citing problems surrounding the creation of two separate units at the 92-bed facility.

Riverview Superintendent Mary Louis McEwan told lawmakers on Wednesday that the hospital has reapplied for funding and is awaiting another review from federal regulators. She says the hospital is working to hire more staff and train workers to address some of the federal government’s concerns.

But Democrats questioned whether the psychiatric hospital officials are working fast enough to fill positions and fix problems at the troubled hospital to ensure the state can regain funding.