State, Families at Odds over Mental Care for Foster Kids

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Arizona Republic

In order to make it more attractive for families to adopt foster children, Arizona says it will provide monthly stipends for the children’s needs as well as free medical and mental-health coverage. But critics say the state is failing to live up to its promises, providing substandard care even in times of crisis.

One mother told the Republic she was refused a higher frequency of therapy treatments for her foster child even after the child was hospitalized for trying to committing suicide, and instead got “a revolving door of therapists, inexperienced counselors, delayed treatment, unnecessarily long hospital stays and contradictory medical decisions.” State officials say they deliver accessible, timely and appropriate care. March 7,