overprescribing for foster youth
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.
A Potential Template Emerges for Federal Action on Foster Care Drugging
Few people outside of California probably noticed the news yesterday that the state legislature is on its way to passing new controls on the prescription of psychotropic medications to youths in foster care.