An internal investigation into the Maine Department of Health and Human Services “began immediately” following the death of 10-year-old Marissa Kennedy, the governor’s office said in a release Friday afternoon.
This statement comes after a letter sent Thursday night to Gov. Paul LePage by Senate President Mike Thibodeau called for an investigation into DHHS’ handling of the Kennedy case.
“The DHHS internal investigation process began immediately and is already well underway,” Press Secretary Julie Rabinowitz said. “All findings and recommendations of the investigations will be reported to Gov. LePage for his review and action.”
The office listed multiple reviews being conducted by DHHS:
– An independent review is being conducted by the Child Death and Serious Injury Review Panel, described as an independent body that serves as the public’s review panel
– Internal reviews being conducted by DHHS, including intensive case-record review, interviews with all staff involved, assessment of whether policy and procedure was followed and recommendations for changes
Any other state agency believed to have had a role in the case is being directed to report its involvement and findings.