Drugging Our Kids: California courts step up scrutiny of foster care use of psychiatric drugs


Driven by new legislation and a motivation to create more meaningful oversight, California’s courts are calling for far more justification before judges authorize the use of powerful psychiatric drugs that are now too freely prescribed to foster children.

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The state’s juvenile court judges have long had the responsibility for signing off on those prescriptions, but too often they fail to question requests for multiple medications at once, unapproved drugs and unproven regimens for very young children. The proposed new rules aim to turn these often-blanket approvals into serious probing of prescribers and others who care for foster children, from social workers to foster parents and legal advocates.

 

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Jerilyn Borack, who presides in juvenile court and helped craft the new rules, said the goal is to have judges approve medications for a foster child "as if this was their own child."

 

Judges have now become Psychiatrists.

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