Report: Problem With Over-Medicating Foster Kids Stems From Lack Of Oversight
The California State Auditor report found the state's oversight to be "piecemeal" when it came to monitoring what psychotropic medications foster kids were on.
Orange County Register:
Our Foster Kids May Be Over-Medicated, But Under-Supervised Medically, Report Says
Thousands of California’s foster care kids may be over-drugged with psychotropic medications, often without medical follow-up or a legally required approval from a judge or parent, according to a stinging report by the California State Auditor. ... The problems partly are a result of a division of labor when it comes to oversight. Two departments oversee foster kids and their medications, but neither could completely identify which foster children are prescribed psychotropic medications or even which medications they are taking. (Sforza, 9/1)