The panel unanimously recommended a thirty day suspension and dismissal for each employee. The Commissioner conducted a careful review of all the evidence presented and accepted the panel’s recommendation. They are now suspended without pay for 30 days pending their dismissal.
The investigation of seven other DHS employees, with varying degrees of involvement in the Kelly, case is ongoing. In the meantime DHS continues to review cases and visit families to assure safety. All seven individuals remain on suspension.
Commissioner Ambrose said "it is our mission at DHS to support and protect vulnerable children. I intend to hold every staff member and provider accountable for upholding that mission.”