About Us

Riverview Psychiatric Center assists clients toward recovery by providing support, treatment and care to persons with the severe mental illness. Riverview does this in strong collaboration with community providers, client family members and the client's natural support systems.

Jay Harper, Superintendent Jay is a veteran leader in State government with many levels of experience in mental health services.  Prior to joining RPC, Jay served as a Patient Advocate with the Disability Rights Center (DRC) where he provided support to Riverview clients to ensure compliance with the State’s Rights Rules for Mental Health Recipients. He is currently a member of the Adjunct Faculty (mental health and human services) at the University of Maine in Augusta.

Before his work at the DRC, Jay spent many years working in State government in both Maine and Massachusetts, focusing on organizational development, strategic planning and financial evaluation. While Director of the Maine Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, he developed and coordinated an integrated competency-based curriculum for paraprofessionals and professionals in behavioral health sciences.  At the Bureau of Adult Community Mental Health, he provided executive vision and leadership for a client-focused, outcome-based community mental health system using State and provider agencies.

Jay holds an undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University, a graduate degree from Harvard University and completed the Executive Leadership Program in Mental Health Administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He also completed the Maine Executive Leadership Institute at Maine Maritime Academy and holds a Master of Psychology degree from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

RPC has a renewed focused on the dignity and recovery of patients in a high-quality, safe environment.  Reinvestment in the RPC workforce through enhanced training and skills development, combined with expanded opportunities for psychology, social work and occupational therapy internships, will allow RPC to become a center for quality care and training in recovery based patient treatment.

The Riverview Psychiatric Center (RPC) is a 92 bed acute care inpatient psychiatric hospital operated by the State of Maine. Riverview treats any referred and appropriate adult who require intensive 24-hour psychiatric services from the following counties: Androscoggin, Cumberland, Franklin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Waldo, and York. All services are provided without regard to race, creed, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, physical handicap or ability to pay.

Riverview Psychiatric Center is the only treatment facility fully operated by the State of Maine for these counties provides recovery services in an involuntary inpatient hospital setting for those who require a secure and safe setting, and those who require extended periods of inpatient treatment and/or rehabilitation. Riverview is also the only State operated Forensic hospital, providing a wide range of psychiatric services to the correction system and the Maine court system, including care for those committed under the criminal statutes for observation and evaluation (Stage III), those determined Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST) and those committed to the State as Not Criminally Responsible (NCR). These are individual who require highly specialized programs of both psychiatric care and security not available elsewhere in Maine.

Mission Statement:
Riverview Psychiatric Center provides state-of-the-art care to individuals in Maine with serious and persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders.

Riverview Psychiatric Center, in collaboration with the community, will be a center for best practice, treatment, education and research for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders.


  • R Respect and Dignity
  • P Patients First
  • CCaring and Compassion

Career Opportunities