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The court held that because reasonable reunification efforts were made, providing the respondent-mother with a meaningful opportunity to participate in the proceeding, the DHHS did not violate her due process rights.

It rejected her claim that the DHHS failed to obtain a workbook recommended by a doctor following her psychological evaluation, noting that "ample efforts" were made by the caseworkers to obtain it, and that respondent was worked with on the issues it would have addressed. Further, given her "inconsistent attendance in therapy throughout the proceeding, there is no indication that she would have fared any better had the workbook been provided to her." It also rejected her contention that the DHHS "failed to 'follow up' with" CMH "after it denied her medication and approval to participate in the Interact program, which would have helped" her address her borderline personality disorder. "Respondent's caseworker confirmed that CMH denied respondent services, indicating that respondent simply did not qualify." There did not appear to be anything else "DHHS could have done in this regard, and respondent offers no such suggestion." Further, "at the time of the termination hearing, respondent testified that she was taking medication prescribed to her by the" FHC. "There were no concerns expressed in the trial court regarding the inadequacy of this medication or that respondent should have been taking additional medication to treat her mental health issues." Moreover, given that she "had not derived a benefit from the ample services offered to her throughout this proceeding, it is not apparent that she would have fared any better at the time of the termination hearing had she been qualified for the Interact program." It rejected her argument that the "'DHHS gave her less than the reunification efforts she deserved' because of her prior criminal conviction[,]"noting that "[u]pon DHHS's request, at a dispositional review hearing, the trial court ordered it to pay for respondent's services." Thus, she failed to establish that the "DHHS's efforts were somehow inadequate in this regard." Affirmed. 

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