Foster Caregivers play an important role in supporting and advocating for children and youth with mental health difficulties in their care. Children and youth in foster care are more likely to be prescribed antipsychotic medications (APs) compared to children and youth who are not in foster care. Caregivers, with the right tools and information, have the ability to advocate for collaborative systems of care for children and youth taking antipsychotic medications.
States have put oversight systems in place to monitor prescribing APs to children and youth in foster care. Systems vary from state to state, and sometimes even within states. Rutgers has recently released information on a research project aimed to better understand state AP oversight systems for children and youth in foster care from the point of view of important stakeholders. Download the report below.