Bill To Protect Foster Kids From Psychiatric Drugs Passes Committee
The legislation would monitor doctors who have high prescription rates.
Drugging Our Kids: Legislation To Halt Overmedicating Foster Children Moves Forward
A key piece of legislation that would curb the overprescribing of psychiatric drugs to California foster care youth unanimously passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday morning. Senate Bill 1174, authored by Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, requires annual monitoring of high-prescribing doctors and allows the Medical Board of California to crack down on violators by revoking their licenses. The bill comes as a result of the Bay Area News Group's investigative series "Drugging Our Kids," the last two installments of which were published Sunday and Monday. (Seipel, 8/10)