Prescribing Antipsychotic Drugs to California Foster Youth Declines Dramatically


Prescribing Antipsychotic Drugs to California Foster Youth Declines Dramatically

Mary Watson, a former Alameda County foster youth who was prescribed psychotropics, in her home in San Leandro, California. Photo by Dai Sugano for the Bay Area News Group.
They use the words “zombie,” “a blob” and “drunk” when describing what it felt like to be a kid in foster care, prescribed mind-numbing psychiatric drugs to overcome childhood trauma. 


Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts, #2: Incentivize Psychotropic Accountability

The Imprint is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 12 former foster youths who have completed congressional internships.


California Bill Would Have Judges Curb Psychotropics among Foster Youth

By Isaac Smith After a year of scathing indictments by the media and advocates concerning the overuse of psychotropic drugs on foster children, the legislature responded with a flood of bills aimed at strengthening the safeguards for the prescription of psychological medications to foster youth.


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.


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.


Hearing on the Utilization of Psychotropic Medication for Children in Foster Care

The Testimony of Laurel K. Leslie on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics at the House ways and Means on Income Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support. Link