Acadia Hospital

Name of Hospital: Acadia Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: Bangor, Maine, United States

Number of Stars: 1

Comment: It was an incredibly restrictive environment. I was told where I could be, when I could be there, and how to go about getting there, at all times. Requests for privacy or time outdoors was always declined. I underwent physical medical abuse while I was here, despite always being compliant through my entire arrival and stay. I was denied medical devices I needed and had written medical permission for.

I witnessed a young black girl being dragged out of a room by multiple white adults for writing her name on a table, and she was refused her right to contact her legal guardian before being put into solitary confinement. This happened while a white staff member talked down to her. I never saw her again.

Upon leaving, I felt traumatized, and overall much worse both mentally and physically. If you have any choice in the matter at all, do not go here. This place made my mental illness much worse, via abuse and trauma, and did absolutely nothing to help me whatsoever.

Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): inpatient

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: I am physically disabled, and gay.

News Articles on Riverview Psychiatric Center

Name of Hospital: Riverview Psychiatric Center

Location: Augusta, ME, USA


  • Portland Press Herald, “Report on Riverview Psychiatric Center shows need for fast action,” December 2016: oversight official said progress has been made, but not enough, as staffing and space issues persist. No mentions of restraint and seclusion made in article, but it seems unlikely that those issues resolved. Article reports that Gov. LePage and legislators were negotiating new facilities on Riverview grounds.

*Some other articles were written on the subject between December 2015 and August 2015; I picked the ones that seemed most pertinent. The Portland Press Herald allows 10 free articles a month if you wish to search “Riverview” on their website to find more articles.