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 care1. In response, 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. This 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.
An important part of this project was speaking directly to young adults with lived experience, their Caregivers, and other stakeholders who have a direct connection to children and youth in care taking APs.
Four innovative states partnered with the Rutgers research team for this project: Ohio, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. State policy leaders are very interested in better understanding the impact of medication monitoring systems.