In 2015 local news media reported on the large number of psychiatric drugs foster children were being given throughout the state. In response to questions from Supervisor Simitian and his Board colleagues, County staff reported that a high percentage of Santa Clara County foster children were in fact receiving these drugs, some at a very young age and often for long periods of time. Supervisor Simitian proposed that Santa Clara County provide a dedicated nurse to monitor psychiatric medication in the foster care population as part of the overall treatment plan.
Read the Mercury News stories:
Santa Clara County Board approves funds to hire nurse to monitor psych meds in foster care
Santa Clara County leads the way in increasing oversight of foster kids on psychiatric drugs
Drugging our kids
Read the NPR story:
California moves to stop misuse of psychiatric meds in foster care