Child Service Groups Under Fire for Psychiatric Drug Use

Posted on: February 27, 2015 by Care Providers Insurance

On Tuesday February 25th, California lawmakers gathered in Sacramento to discuss the overuse of psychiatric drugs on foster children in the state. These lawmakers are pledging to improve the lives of thousands of vulnerable teems after more than a decade of what they say is government inaction, according to an article published in The Press Democrat. In addition to ensuring that the children they serve are being treated right, your clients in the social services sector should also ensure that their Social Services Insurance policies are up to date, as issues such as this can certainly result in claims against them; not to mention potential losses through litigation.

Lawmakers in California are not the only ones criticizing or alleging that there has been an overuse of psychiatric meds on foster kids; according to records published by Medical News Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) examined five states and found severe cases of psychiatric drug misuse. In examining Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon, and Texas they found cases such as:

  • The concomitant use of 5+ psychotropic drugs with no established benefit to the patient.
  • Children were prescribed doses higher than recommended by guidelines developed by Texas based FDA-approved labels.
  • Children under 1 year old were prescribed psychotropic drugs.

It’s no secret that foster children often come from difficult situations; they may have been abused or neglected, or perhaps their parents were incarcerated. There are a variety of different scenarios. At the gathering on Tuesday, CA lawmakers heard from medical professionals, child welfare directors, family service advocates, foster youth, and officials from California’s health and social services agencies. Those in the mental health community as well as the legal community in California feel that psychiatric drugs are perhaps being used as a “quick fix” rather than a solution to the real problem.

At Care Provider Insurance Services, we understand the unique risks faced by those who work in the social services industry, especially in the youth sector. Please contact us today at (855) 790-7379 for more information about our Insurance Programs for Non Profits and more.

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