Department of Health Care Services
California Auditor Blasts Oversight of Psychotropic Medications for Foster Youth
A report from California’s state auditor found that children in the state’s foster care system were prescribed psychotropic medications without proper oversight from the counties responsible for their care. In response to a request from the California Joint Legislative Audit Committee about the use and oversight of these powerful medications, the office of the California State Auditor reviewed 80 case files for 80 foster children in Los Angeles, Madera, Riverside, and Sonoma Counties and analyzed existing statewide data.
California’s Chance to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Foster Youth
Up to 85 percent of youth in foster care have some condition or disorder that requires mental health treatment. Given the trauma they have experienced in their young lives, they are three to six times more likely to experience emotional, behavioral and developmental problems than youth who are not in foster care.
A Mature Intellect Focused on Young Minds
Young Minds Advocacy President Partrick Gardner takes on the challenge of dramatically expanding children’s mental health services. Last year, Patrick Gardner, the lead attorney in a landmark settlement substantially expanding mental health services for California’s most vulnerable children, decided he needed a platform to ensure that those services were actually delivered.