News Headlines Article

California reforms to cut use of foster care psych meds will cost millions
Los Angeles Daily News

California will have to invest millions of dollars to better protect its 63,000 foster children from the excessive use of powerful psychiatric medications in a state where prescribing physicians, caregivers and the courts have long supported the drugging of as many as 1 in 4 foster teens.

Cost estimates for a package of bills moving swiftly through the state Senate vary, but spending could reach $8 million a year — and possibly more than $22 million — to curb the child welfare system’s heavy reliance on mind-altering medicine for behavior management.

Commands