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Harvard psychiatrist will help DSS
By Globe Staff
State Health and Human Services Secretary JudyAnn Bigby announced today that a Harvard specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry will help state Department of Social Services, which acknowledged it needed more expertise after the death of 4-year-old Rebecca Riley.
Gordon Harper, who is also a pediatrician and was formerly director of inpatient psychiatry at Children's Hospital Boston, will coordinate state child psychiatrists and other resources, Bigby said. Harper will assist DSS until the agency develops a medical review system
Rebecca, whose family had prior DSS involvement, died Dec. 13 of an overdose of a drug prescribed for hyperactivity, police say. Her parents have been charged with murder for allegedly giving her too much of the drug intentionally.