NCYL’s legislative package to address the widespread misuse of psychotropic medications on children in foster care, is receiving a warm reception in the California State Senate. The four bills in the package – SB 238, SB 253, SB 319 and SB 484 – were unanimously approved by the Human Services Committee on April 22nd. This week, 238 and 253 were heard by the Judiciary Committee where they were also approved unanimously, while the Committee on Health gave unanimous approval to 319 and 484. The bills now move to the appropriations committee.
The Human Services vote followed what the San Jose Mercury characterized as powerful testimony from former foster youth. You can watch a sample of that testimony here.
You can read a full description of the proposed legislation here.