Friday, 22 March 2019 17:01

Lawmakers continue efforts to improve DHHS

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AUGUSTA - State lawmakers are continuing to work with Maine Department of Health and Human Services staffers to improve child protective services.

On Friday, members of the Government Oversight Committee voted on a number of items aimed at improving safety for children who are wards of the state.


Committee members wanted DHHS officials to provide them with periodic updates, a follow-up survey on front line workers and a review of placements of foster children.


The steps being taken come after two children allegedly died of abuse in Maine during the past 18 months.


"The Government Oversight Committee has made clear we need to accelerate this process. We need to make sure that this is the top of mind not only for department-level officials but the entire legislature," said Sen. Justin Chenette, D-Saco.


DHHS officials have 51 recommendations on how to better the department for the legislature.


The commissioner is expected to be back before the Government Oversight Committee in April.