• July/August 2018
  • Vol. 19, No. 6

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Resource Center Aims to Improve the Appropriate Use of Psychotropic Medication for Children in Foster Care

Children in out-of-home care are more likely to receive psychotropic medications than children who are not. As a result, the Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc., and the the Annie E. Casey Foundation created an online resource center that provides publications, tools, and webinars to help states improve the oversight and monitoring of psychotropic medication use for children in foster care.

The following resources are included:

  • Common Measures and Outliers—This section provides recommendations on using data for ongoing oversight as well as indicators that call for the immediate review of a child's psychotropic medication regimen.
  • Agency Consent for Psychotropic Medication Use—Agency consent refers to the oversight model that requires child welfare agencies to conduct a review of psychotropic medications prescribed to children and youth to help prevent inappropriate prescribing. This section describes three state agency consent models (New Jersey, Connecticut, and Illinois).
  • Stakeholder Engagement—This section highlights websites and tools to educate the public and professionals about psychotropic medications. It also looks at states that have engaged stakeholders in their work to reduce the inappropriate use of psychotropic medications.
  • Assessment Practices—This section provides child well-being assessments and highlights the role of trauma-informed care in behavioral health care for children involved in child welfare.
  • Psychiatric Consultation—This section provides information on psychiatric consultation models as well as explores alternatives to psychotropic medication.
  • State and Federal Guidance—This section compiles state and federal guidance on psychotropic medication use in children and includes letters, memos, and reports.

Improving the Appropriate Use of Psychotropic Medication for Children in Foster Care: A Resource Center is available at https://www.chcs.org/resource/improving-appropriate-use-psychotropic-medication-children-foster-care-resource-center/.

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