Report 2015-131 Recommendation 9 Responses
Report 2015-131: California's Foster Care System: The State and Counties Have Failed to Adequately Oversee the Prescription of Psychotropic Medications to Children in Foster Care (Release Date: August 2016)
Recommendation #9 To: Madera County
To better ensure that foster children only receive psychotropic medications that are appropriate and medically necessary, counties should implement a systemic process for ensuring that court authorizations or parental consents are obtained and documented before foster children receive psychotropic medications and that court authorizations for psychotropic medications are renewed within 180 days as state law requires. The process should also ensure that the counties better document the court authorizations and parental consents in the foster children's case files.
6-Month Agency Response
Madera County revised the JV220 Psychotropic Medication Policy and Procedure Guidelines (PPG) to ensure that foster children only receive psychotropic medications that are appropriate and medically necessary. While our 6 month response only included recommendation "6", we agreed with the entire list of recommendations included in the Auditor's report and incorporated our compliance efforts into the PPG.
Documentation will be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org under separate cover.
Training was provided to all CWS staff on May 3,2017.
- Completion Date: May 2017
- Response Date: August 2017
California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Fully Implemented
Agency responses received are posted verbatim.