DHHS the appearance of more than foul play with dealing in children matters.

March 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

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AUGUSTA (WGME) — State Health and Human Services managers are in hot water. They’re accused of failing to aggressively respond to reports of possible child abuse at day care centers. Today, the state’s Government Oversight Committee voted unanimously to investigate the Department of Health and Human Services’ “Child Care Licensing Division”.

Last month, CBS 13 investigative reporter Jon Chrisos looked into complaints of abuse and neglect at the sunshine childcare and preschool in Lyman. The daycare has since closed. Now, two DHHS child care inspectors have come forward, accusing the child care division of sitting on abuse and neglect reports for months, even years, before taking any action.

We spoke to State Senator Emily Cain, (D) Orono and co-chair of the Government Oversight Committee, about the allegations. Senator Cain says “We want all families to feel their children are safe when they’re at child care providers across the state of Maine. And we’ll make recommendations to the department about ways they can improve the outcomes and make sure we’re keeping children safe.”

DHHS Child Care Licensing Division Director Kenneth Albert says the department will add eight or nine inspectors to ease the caseload. He says that will lead to more effective monitoring of the state’s 2,000 daycares.

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