STATEWIDE — An independent organization that investigated the deaths of five children in Maine in a single month has issued a series of recommendations for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
DHHS Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew said the agency is evaluating seven recommendations made in the wake of the beating death of 3-year-old Maddox Williams in Stockton Springs.
According to a news release, the department asked Casey Family Programs to evaluate existing child safety policies and to offer recommendations.
Some of these recommendations include coordination and communication, particularly among partners in the child welfare system, such as law enforcement, medical professionals and parents.
However, a state lawmaker quickly criticized the recommendations, saying they don’t go far enough.
Sen. Bill Diamond, a Democrat from Windham, said the report appears to “take a soft approach to urgent, severe issues.”