Despite National Concern Over Psych Drugs For Foster Youth, New York City Says It Lacks Key Data

In the Bronx, Pedro Maldonado’s story of diagnosis and prescription for Concerta and Seroquel — typically prescribed for ADHD and mood disorders like schizophrenia — started when he was in foster care at age 6.


Judge OKs Class Action on Overuse of Psych Meds on Missouri Foster Youths

A federal judge has granted class-action status to a lawsuit regarding alleged overuse of psychotropic medication by Missouri’s child welfare agency. United States District Judge Nanette Laughrey announced in a decision dated July 19 that the plaintiffs in the case will include “all children in … foster care custody who presently are, or will be, prescribed or administered one or more psychotropic medications while in state care.”


California Bill to Curb Psych Meds for Foster Youth Misses the Mark

In the debate about children and psychotropic medications, everyone is looking for better outcomes. Foster youth are seeking to assert more control over their lives and their health care, and they want people to understand that medications alone cannot fix the hurt they feel.


From “Drugging Our Kids” Doc, A Powerful Voice Emerges

Starting in August of 2014, San Jose Mercury News reporter Karen de Sá produced a five-part investigative series on the use of psychotropic drugs among California’s foster youth called Drugging Our Kids.

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YSI: Big Unanswered Question in Death of Kendrea Johnson, 6-Year-Old Foster Youth

In late December, six-year-old Kendrea Johnson was found dead, hanging by a jump rope from the ceiling of her room in a Brooklyn Park, Minn. foster home. The police have decided it was not a homicide, and that it was either a suicide or an accident.


Dr. Phil: “Foster Care is a Social Circumstance, Not a Mental Illness”

The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources heard testimony yesterday on the disproportionate use of psychotropic medications on foster youths, and the president’s $750 million proposal to address the issue.


    Senate Finance Dems Vow to “Play Offense” on Psych Meds for Foster Youths

    Democrats from the Senate Finance Committee said they planned to “play offense” on mental health services for foster youth, particularly in regard to the use of psychotropic medications. “When you have one of these kids who is the victim of intense trauma, you’re not going to have the challenges just prescribed away,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairmen Ron Wyden (D-Ore.),


    Youth Services Roundup: Funding, News and Opinion for the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Community

    Here is a rundown of all the funding opportunities, news, analysis and opinion pieces produced this week by The Imprint BUSINESS Early insider details on Obama’s $750 million proposal to improve mental health services for foster youth and address the “over-prescribing” of psychotropic medications to that population.

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    Some Early Details on Obama’s $750 Million Mental Health Plan for Foster Youths

    Administration officials spoke for the first time about President Barack Obama’s proposal for a 10-year, $750 million effort to “address over-prescription of psychotropic medications for children in foster care,” on a Friday conference call with child welfare advocacy, research and member organizations.