LePage criticizes federal standards for Riverview, says state should fund it alone

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LEWISTON, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage says Maine should no longer seek federal money for a state run psychiatric hospital because the federal certification requirements are doing more harm than good.

LePage made the comments about the Riverview Psychiatric Center on Monday during a visit to a Lewiston homeless shelter.

The Republican governor said that Maine should "go at it alone and not take the federal money." He criticized what he called a one-size-fits-all model that makes it difficult for places like Riverview to receive certification.

The Maine Public Broadcasting network reports that Riverview recently lost another effort to become certified. The Augusta psychiatric hospital lost its certification last year and roughly $14 million in funding, due to a variety of concerns from the federal government.

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