Drugging Our Kids: Legislators call on Governor Brown to sign bills to protect foster youth

SACRAMENTO — Foster youth advocates and Bay Area legislators on Monday told a panel of state officials that the alarming conclusions of a recent state audit highlighting California’s weak oversight of psychiatric drugs for foster kids could be solved if Gov. Jerry Brown signs three pieces of key legislation into law this week.

“The audit is troubling because it points to the fragmented” California foster care system and its “inability to monitor” the medications the state prescribes to about 9,500 foster youth, said Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose.

The audit, released Aug. 23, mirrored many findings of this newspaper’s series “Drugging Our Kids” that disclosed the state’s dependence on psychotropic medications to control troubled children in the state’s foster care system and the failure to track how the drugs are prescribed.

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