January 20, 2019
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Report: DHHS to close Calais office

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Sen. David Burns, R-Whiting, is shown in Augusta in January.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Workers at the Calais office of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services were told Friday that the office will be closed and the jobs transferred to the Machias office.

State Sen. David Burns, a Republican from Whiting, says he has been told that the move affects more than a dozen workers.

“They are going to close that Calais office down. My understanding is that there will be somebody up there in Calais on a periodic basis, at least once a week,” Burns says.

Burns says some seeking benefits need to personally meet with DHHS staff. He says while it’s important to find cost savings in government, the department should have told local lawmakers about the move.

There has been no comment from the agency.

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public Broadcasting Network.


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