The Smart Money: DHHS and its significant challenges | New Maine Times:
Gov. Paul LePage's proposed 2013-14 budget was received and will be given proper scrutiny, but the truth is that the final budget that passes the Legislature is unlikely to look anything like the document LePage and his chief economic adviser, Sawitt Miller, sent to the Statehouse on January 11.
DHHS also has a foster care problem. More than $4.2 million of the shortfall is costs associated with increasing foster care expenses.
Note: Then Stop Stealing children from innocent families!
If the kids have been subjected to abuse or neglect for longer periods of time while in their homes, or have more serious mental health concerns, I guess your staff isn't doing their jobs concerning the rendering of services for these families. When you pull a child out of a home, most times due to false allegation's, YOU are the people responsible for their mental and emotional issues. What do you plan on doing now? Stopping services to these families, which is a Federal mandate, only to steal the children at a younger age because younger children are more adoptable?