AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A state appeal of the federal government’s decision to cut about $20 million in funding from the state-run Riverview Psychiatric Center has been denied by a federal judge.
State Attorney General Janet Mills tells the Sun Journal, the decision was based on a “technicality” and will be appealed.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services cut nearly $20 million in funding from the Augusta facility in October — about half its operating budget — citing problems surrounding the creation of two separate units at the 92-bed facility. An audit determined the facility was not compliant with federal rules.
One of the incidents that prompted the audit involved a violent attack by a patient against a health care worker.
Riverview houses some of the state’s most dangerous mental health patients.