Resources regarding considerations for appropriate use and oversight of psychotropic medications with a particular focus on children and youth in foster care.
Because Minds Matter: Collaborating to Strengthen Management of Psychotropic Medications for Children and Youth in Foster Care (PDF - 22 KB)
Administration for Children and Families, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, & Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
August 27-28, 2012
Offered an opportunity for State leaders with direct responsibility for child welfare, Medicaid, and mental health to work together to develop action steps for enhancing oversight and monitoring of psychotropic medications for children in foster care. Materials from the summit, including the program booklet, PowerPoint presentations, and handouts, are available online.
Joint Letter to State Child Welfare, Medicaid, and Mental Health Authorities on the Use of Psychotropic Medication for Children in Foster Care (PDF - 58 KB)
Sheldon, Berwick, & Hyde
Administration for Children and Families, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, & Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2011)
Provides a joint statement about the use of psychotropic medication for children in foster care. The letter includes background on the issue and outlines activities the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be undertaking to ensure safe and effective psychopharmaceutical treatment of mental and behavioral health issues of children in foster care.
Making Healthy Choices: A Guide on Psychotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care (PDF - 9,933 KB)
Children's Bureau et al. (2012)
Provides information and worksheets to assist youth in recognizing when they need help, weighing options for medication use, asking questions about their diagnosis and treatment, and taking medication safely. This guide can be used directly by youth or serve as a discussion tool for child welfare workers, health care providers, mentors, and others working with youth in foster care. Also available in Spanish. (PDF - 1,152 KB)