March 11, 2015
State regulators rejected nearly 1 in 5 requests to administer antipsychotic medications for foster youth in January 2015 because they were deemed medically unnecessary. It is part of the state’s new effort to rein in the use of the drugs and apply an additional layer of oversight since October 2014. Requests overall have fallen from around 17,000 in October to 7,000 in January 2015, possibly due to this new policy of requiring prior authorization.
Advocates for foster youth, including the National Center for Youth Law are pushing for a new set of legislation that would further regulate the use of these drugs.
Organizations mentioned/involved: National Center for Youth Law (NCYL)