Judge denies appeal on Riverview funding

10:52 PM, Jan 8, 2014   |    comments
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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.



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