State Senators: Changes to DHHS Won't Happen Overnight
By Sara Kirkley, Weekend Anchor / Reporter - email
State lawmakers said this week that child welfare issues will likely be debated once again next month when the legislature convenes.
But, despite the shocking findings of a recent audit of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human services, lawmakers said major changes to the agency aren't planned. That's because senators like Mike Gloor and Annette Dubas say changes are already in place.
"It's just because improvements happen so slowly. They take time. When you are dealing with an agency the size of HHS, to implement corrections, it just doesn't happen overnight," said Sen. Annette Dubas, of Fullerton. "That's why I think it's important that the legislature is involved, that we put those benchmarks and those accountability practices in place so that we do have a better handle and can navigate the improvements as they need to be made."
Dubas said she's hopeful the department will continue to move in the right direction.