Psychotropic Medications for the Treatment of Children in Foster Care.
National Resource Center for Youth Development.
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This brief notes the prevalence of antipsychotic drugs for the treatment of behavior problems among youth involved in the child welfare system, and explains new federal legislation that require States to have plans for ongoing oversight and coordination of health care services and explicitly address protocols for the appropriate use and monitoring of psychotropic medications. The legislation requires States to outline how the health needs of children and youth in foster care identified through screenings will be monitored and treated, including emotional trauma associated with a child's maltreatment and removal from home. The implications of the legislation for child welfare professionals are discussed, as well as the responsibilities of practitioners in implementing federally funded extended foster care services to young adults who remain in care beyond age 18. It is explained that remaining in care longer has shown to positively impact outcomes for youth in foster care and provides young adults with assistance in learning to manage a medication regimen. 1 reference.
Foster children; Child health; Psychotropic medication; Antipsychotics; Behavior problems; Mental health services; Federal laws; Guidelines