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Feds Terminate Funds for Maine Psychiatric Hospital
10/03/2013 11:43 AM ET  

That's according to Maine Department of Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew, who says the state plans to appeal the decision.

State officials say they're appleaing the federal government's decision to terminate funding for the state's psychiatric hospital.

Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew says the state was notified yesterday that funds for the Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta will be eliminated.

"This inappropriate and unwarranted action jeopardizes access to vital psychiatric services for no reason and I am confident we will win our appeal," Mayhew says in a statement.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had threatened to cut $20 million in federal funding after two surveys this year, one in March and one in May, found that the hospital was out of compliance in several areas.

Mayhew says efforts to address the problems included removing 20 beds at the facility from federal oversite and creating a new unit at the Maine State Prison for forensic patients.

"I regret that the State must spend additional financial and staff resources to appeal a decision that is not supported by the facts and I am confident that this decision will be overturned," Mayhew says.



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