© 2021 Maine Public
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

DHHS Caseworkers Are Concerned That Problems With The Agency Are Putting Kids At Risk


For months the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability, or OPEGA, has been investigating Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). 

The inquiry follows the death of two children at the hands of caregivers – Kendall Chick and Marissa Kennedy. On Sunday, Portland Press Herald journalist Eric Russell reported that caseworkers within the department feel restricted in their ability to help children

Russell spoke with Ed Morin about the article and the DHHS investigation.

OPEGA has yet to make public its findings regarding the investigation into the department. Gov. Paul Lepage says he will propose legislation to address these issues, but those details have yet to be made public.

Additional reporting by Willis Ryder Arnold.