MONTICELLO The county plans to employ a private consultant to study its procedures following the death of a 16-month-old girl in Sullivan County and a grand jury’s recommendations that the monitoring of children at risk be done with Child Protective Services.
Currently, the grand jury recommended that those matters be handled by the specialized unit, but the county attorney’s office still handles them.
On Thursday, John Liddle, the county’s commissioner of Health and Human Services, informed the legislature’s oversight committee that the county desires an additional set of eyes to monitor the administration.
While my team and I are striving to make improvements, I believe it is in the best interests of the county to have an outside perspective, so an RFP has already been sent out. He remarked, “We received accountability from a recognized and reliable organization that conducts these types of investigations for DSSs throughout New York State.”
On Thursday, the county legislature did not act on the consultant proposal.