Services at Riverview Psychiatric Center

Located in Augusta, Maine's capital, Riverview Psychiatric Center is the flagship inpatient treatment center for Maine's public mental health system. In operation since 2004, it is the successor institution to the now closed Augusta Mental Health Institute and the original Maine Insane Hospital. The latter hospital first opened its doors in 1840, and an early medical superintendent was Dr. Isaac Ray, the father of American forensic psychiatry and an incorporator of the organization that later became the American Psychiatric Association.

Today Riverview consists of 92 adult inpatient beds, two outpatient clinics in Portland and Augusta, and a forensic ACT team. It provides tertiary psychiatric services to civil voluntary and involuntary clients from central and southern Maine, and services to forensic clients statewide. It works collaboratively with the State Forensic Service to provide pre-trial competency evaluations, to provide restoration of competency if judged incompetent to stand trial, and long-term care to clients adjudicated not criminally responsible until they are released from custody by the court system.

We apply a full range of psychiatric, psychological, medical, dental, and rehabilitative diagnostic and therapeutic services with a vision of being a center for best practice, treatment, education, and research, for individuals with serious, persistent mental illness. Among the therapies applied are psychiatric diagnostic interviewing and treatment planning, comprehensive physical exams with lab and radiology studies, pharmacotherapy, individual and group psychotherapy, acute and preventive dental treatment, conscious sedation for dental procedures, treatment of primary care health problems, neurological consultation, and referral to outside consultants for specialized medical care and for ECT.

The Medical Staff is comprised of 40 men and women and includes psychiatrists, internists, family physicians, psychologists, dentists, a podiatrist, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurse anesthetists. The Medical Staff work with a full complement of nurses, social workers, rehab therapists, job coaches, dual diagnoses counselors, dieticians, occupational and physical therapists, doctoral level pharmacists, and peer support workers. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and by the Maine Medical Association to offer CME to physicians, and sponsors a psychology pre-doctoral internship program. The hospital Medical Director works on-site through a contract with the Department of Psychiatry, the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth to help maintain the academic and clinical excellence of the institution.