The chair of a state Senate committee told a public hearing that California’s foster care system “has grown more addicted to mind-altering medication” and that the state has “done little to act on this alarming issue,” reported San Jose Mercury News. The hearings follow on the heels of a series of news investigations into the extensive use of psychiatric medications in the foster care system.
Will Lightbourne, director of the state’s Department of Social Services, acknowledged “deep concern about the volume” of psychotropic drugs prescribed to foster youth and said the agency had spent two years developing guidelines to reduce their use, reported San Jose Mercury News. But others present asked “why so little has changed since state lawmakers held a hearing nearly a decade ago on the very same issue.”
There are also videos of the hearings.
Senate panel examines why California foster care system ‘addicted’ to psychiatric drugs (San Jose Mercury News, February 24, 2015)
San Jose Mercury News Drugging Our Kids Continuing Coverage (includes hearing video)