State audit slams California's weak oversight of psych drugs for foster kids

A scathing audit that one lawmaker said "confirms our worst fears" revealed a startling new finding into how poorly the state's child welfare system monitors the medicating of California's foster children: Most youth on psychiatric drugs are prescribed the medications without a court or parent's required approval.

The long-awaited report, released Tuesday by State Auditor Elaine Howle, mirrors many findings of the Bay Area News Group's ongoing series "Drugging Our Kids," and comes at a crucial time in a yearslong effort to fix the system: The final three bills in a package of legislative reforms are one step from landing on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk.

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