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 […]

Psychotropic Medication of Foster Children: NCYL Proposes Action

Witnesses at a recent Congressional committee hearing called for action to protect children in foster care from excessive psychotropic medication.  NCYL believes it’s time to ask for specific actions such as those outlined in our written testimony. Two prior hearings, in 2008 and 2010, preceded this year’s event, which was timed to coincide with the […]

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 […]