Controversies- One-Fourth of California Foster Care Kids Are on Psych Meds

In 1999, California state lawmakers required juvenile court approval before psychiatric prescription drugs could be given to kids in foster care, with a 180-day mandatory review.

So, how is that working?

The San Jose Mercury News reported last week that one-fourth of the state’s 60,000 foster kids are receiving the powerful medications, about three and a half times more than children in general nationally. More than half of the kids in group homes were authorized to get the drugs, and those who refuse are often disciplined.

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