AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The latest progress report from a court master monitoring Maine’s mental health system says progress can’t be taken for granted.

Former Maine supreme court Chief Justice Daniel Wathen, who serves as court master for a decades-old settlement governing the state’s treatment of people with severe mental illness, says patients held by court order occupy more and more beds set aside for other patients at Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta.

And Wathen says those other patients are being held up to a year and a half longer than clinically necessary because there is not enough money to support mentally ill people in the community.

The Kennebec Journal reported that Wathen filed the report last week in Kennebec County Superior Court.

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