Update on the Use of Psychotropic Medications for Children in Texas Foster Care: Fiscal Years 2002-2014.
Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
Briefing Materials State Resource
This brief presents updated information on the use of psychotropic medications in Texas children in foster care. The information is based on the “Use of Psychoactive Medication in Texas Foster Children in FY 2005” report released in June of 2006 that includes best practice Parameters for prescribing psychotropic mediations appropriately. Graphs and tables are provided that summarize key information and provide updates related to the report, which is based on Medicaid prescription and medical claims data from State fiscal year 2002 to the most recent available year. Specifically, they show children receiving: psychotropic medications, two or more medications from the same drug class concurrently, and five or more medications concurrently. The tables provide additional information about those who received psychotropic medications and did not have a mental health diagnosis listed on Medicaid claim forms. Findings from the charts indicate psychotropic prescribing of all types has significantly decreased since the release of the Parameters in February 2005 both in terms of the percentage of foster care children receiving them and in the overall percentage of children receiving medication regimens outside of the recommended criteria of the best practice Parameters. (Author abstract modified)
Texas; foster children; drug therapy; psychotropic medication; statistics; incidence; child health; mental health services; mental disorders