Fostering Transparency: A Preliminary Review of 'Policy' Governing Pediatric Psychotropic Medications in Foster Care

58 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2014  

Kathleen G. Noonan

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; University of Pennsylvania - Perelman School of Medicine

Dorothy Miller

PolicyLab at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; University of Pennsylvania - Public Health Program

Date Written: June 3, 2014

Abstract

In light of increasing national attention on high rates of prescribing psychotropic medication for children in foster care and related new federal requirements for state reporting to the federal government, we analyzed 16 states’ child welfare agencies’ laws, policies and regulations. Our analysis revealed that states that had monitoring policies in place tended to use informal guidance or policy statements that were underdeveloped and not likely subject to any public notice or comment. We argue that, especially given new federal requirements related to psychotropic medications and children in foster care, greater transparency is needed for state policymaking to ensure broad public input, transparency, and recourse in the case of non-compliance.

Keywords: foster care, administrative law, child welfare law, policy, regulation, child welfare, psychotropic, Fostering Connections, policy analysis

Suggested Citation

Noonan, Kathleen G. and Miller, Dorothy, Fostering Transparency: A Preliminary Review of 'Policy' Governing Pediatric Psychotropic Medications in Foster Care (June 3, 2014). Hastings Law Journal, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2445604

Kathleen G. Noonan

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia ( email )

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Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
United States

University of Pennsylvania - Perelman School of Medicine ( email )

423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Dorothy Miller (Contact Author)

PolicyLab at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia ( email )

34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
United States

University of Pennsylvania - Public Health Program ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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