According to the DHHS website, the department’s stated goals include protecting and enhancing the health and well-being of Maine people and protecting and caring for those who are unable to care for themselves. Yet at every step of the way, the department seems unwilling to protect those who need it most: babies and children, people with disabilities and mental illness, poor people, those suffering from substance use disorder, and refugees and other new Mainers. 

A democracy of the people, by the people and for the people demands transparency and accountability from those officials, both elected and appointed, whose job it is to serve the public. In Maine, we are seeing a failure of accountability from those in power.

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