Bismarck, N.D. - UPDATE 1:30 p.m. Gov. Jack Dalrymple's office has released the following statement regarding the audit that reveals failures on the part of the North Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) to monitor childcare providers.
Statement from the governor's office:
Gov. Dalrymple takes the audit’s findings very seriously, and he has discussed it with the Department of Human Services director.
In March, Gov. Dalrymple created a nine-member advisory committee tasked with performing a complete review of the state’s licensing process for child care facilities, including a review of the licensing process shared between the North Dakota Department of Human Services and county social service officials. Additionally, the advisory committee has developed recommendations to improve the licensing and relicensing of child care facilities.
It is also important to recognize that county social service officials serve as the lead in child care licensing, and the suspension of a child care license requires due-process investigation by law enforcement, county child protective services and NDDHS.
ORIGINAL STORY 10:58 a.m. A new report sheds some light on some major failures on the part of the North Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) to monitor childcare providers.
According to the State Auditor's Office, DHS is not properly monitoring or suspending providers and notifying parents after confirmed knowledge of activities that jeopardize the health and safety of children.
It also says providers are allowed to operate while the department had knowledge of illegal drug use by the provider, inappropriate touching from adults, inappropriate sexual play between children, and more.
The full report is attached to this article.