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2017 California Budget Request to Provide Medical Review of Prescription Requests for Youth

In August 2016, a state audit of the administration of psychotropic medication to children in foster care, found that the State and Counties have failed to adequately oversee the prescription of psychotropic medications to California’s foster children. A review of children’s records found that foster children were prescribed psychotropic medications in amounts and dosages that exceeded state guidelines, putting children at increased risk for side effects and related complications.