Rhode Island to Curb Overuse of Psychotropic Medications Administered To Foster Children

Rhode Island is the most recent state to institute significant policies to reduce excessive prescription of psychotropic medications for foster children.  The state’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families, headed by Dr. Janice DeFrances, has not yet posted the new policies, but they can be accessed here. The new regulations direct local child welfare administrators […]

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 […]