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Money stripped from bill to provide nurse oversight of foster youth
Daily Democrat

Facing opposition from budget hawks, a lawmaker has deeply cut his bill to bolster monitoring of California’s 63,000 foster children, who critics say are too often prescribed powerful psychiatric drugs with little follow-up or coordinated care.

SB 319 would have expanded duties of foster care public health nurses to include monitoring and oversight of children who are prescribed psychotropic medication and would have funded 38 more nurses so counties have at least one nurse for every 200 patients.