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Senators address solutions to California’s foster care system’s reliance on psych meds
Inside Bay Area

In a sharp rebuke, the chairman of a powerful Senate committee on Tuesday admonished state officials for failing many of California’s 63,000 foster children, who critics say are too often prescribed powerful psychiatric drugs with little follow-up or coordinated care.

The scolding from Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsberg, who chairs the Senate Human Services Committee, came during a three-hour hearing in which he and Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, chairman of the Senate Health Committee, demanded answers about the lack of conclusive statewide data measuring whether or not the drugs are successful in treating the youths.