California Curbs Overuse of Psychiatric Meds on Foster Children

California’s 63,000 children in foster care now have new protection from being overmedicated with powerful psychiatric drugs.

A package of three bills, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, will allow public health nurses to monitor psychotropic medications prescribed to foster children, increase reporting requirements for group homes that rely most on these medications and give child welfare workers more training and tools to identify high-risk prescribing practices.

[Related: California Lawmakers Approve Plan to Tackle Misuse of Psychiatric Meds]

A fourth bill, which would have required a medical examination before juvenile courts could authorize psychotropics, is still in negotiations.

Sponsors, including the National Center for Youth Law, called the legislation the most comprehensive effort in the U.S. so far to curb the misuse of psychiatric drugs in foster care, and said the law could become a model for the nation.


Youth Today is the only independent, internationally distributed digital media publication that is read by thousands of professionals in the youth service field.

Youth Today adheres to high-quality journalistic standards, providing readers with professional news coverage dedicated to examining a wide spectrum of complex issues in the youth services industry from legislation to community-based youth work.


Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue.


We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. Donors may be quoted, mentioned or featured in our stories. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions…(read more)

Recent Comments




Kennesaw State University Mountain Logo & Ceneter for Sustainable Journalism Logo
LOGO Institute for Nonprofit News 3 turquoise boxes stacked in "J" shape

Copyright © 2018 Youth Today and MVP Themes --- Published by Center for Sustainable Journalism,
Kennesaw State University, 1200 Chastain Blvd. Suite 310, Kennesaw GA 30144

To Top