Congressional Hearing on Psychotropic Drugs/Foster Children – May 29, 2014

Are you concerned about excessive administration of psychotropic drugs to children in foster care?

You may want to watch the Congressional hearing on that subject scheduled for May 29, 2014, from 2 to 3 pm, Eastern Time.  To view the webcast, go to:

then navigate to “Hearings,” and at the bottom of that page click the second button from the right, “USTREAM Channels.” That will open a page with two buttons. Click the button on the left, “1100 Longworth Ways & Means,” to access the webcast.

To view the hearing after May 29, go to the same “Hearings” web page, but click the button at the bottom on the far right. On the page that next appears click on “Human Resources Subcommittee Hearing Webcasts.”

The most important witness, from our perspective, will be Representative Karen Bass (D-CA), who has demonstrated a long-standing and intense concern about over-medication of foster children.

Phil McGraw, Ph.D., often seen on television as “Dr. Phil,” also is scheduled to testify, as well as Psychiatrist Michael Naylor, MD, and Stephen Lord, Director of Forensic and Investigative Services for the Government Accountability Office.

The hearing has been called by the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Human Resources of the House Committee on Ways and Means, Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA), who explains his purpose as follows:
“ . . . powerful psychotropic drugs are prescribed at high rates to children in foster care, including by individuals who may misdiagnose the effects of trauma on these children as a mental health problem. I look forward to hearing from experts on this issue, learning what States are doing to ensure the proper use of these medications, and discussing how the Federal government can better support efforts to provide youth in foster care with the help they need to become successful adults.”

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