Newspaper Series Spurs State Response

The publication of the investigative series “Drugging Our Kids”   in the San Jose Mercury is having an immediate impact on California’s efforts to rein in dangerous prescribing of psychotropic medications to children in foster care. The series has already resulted in an investigation  by the California State Medical Board into whether some doctors are […]

Spread the Word: “Drugging Our Children” No More!

As published on the Chronicle for Social Change: On Sunday, a powerful part 1 of the San Jose Mercury News series “Drugging Our Kids” shed light on the many facets of the overuse of psychotropic (mind-altering) medications with foster kids. In addition to the main article, there were local pieces detailing medication practices in San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and Pasadena. We […]

New Study Identifies Common Antipsychotic Medication Practices Hazardous To Foster Children’s Health

A scientific report, soon to be published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, includes strong words of caution for everyone involved in decisions that lead to medication of foster children with antipsychotic drugs.[1] The study of one state’s Medicaid data looked at records for low-income publicly insured youth who were 2 through 17 […]

Reducing Dangerous Prescribing Practices – Ohio

States have taken a variety of approaches toward education and regulation to reduce dangerous prescribing of psychotropic medication to children in foster care. This post summarizes how the Ohio Minds Matter initiative teams with prescribers to reduce dangerous medication practices for foster children. Ohio – Partnering with and Supporting Providers The Ohio Minds Matter Initiative […]

Because Minds Matter – Next Steps

Would you like to learn about progress in policy regarding psychotropic medication of foster children since the national Because Minds Matter conference, August 27-28, 2012? Because Minds Matter took place 18 months ago.  You were invited because of your leadership role in state or federal government or in scientific and medical research.  You may want […]