Caring for Children in Foster Care: Psychotropic Medication Overuse
The goal of the foster care system is to promote the well-being of children and adolescents by providing for their health, safety, stability and permanency. There has been increasing alarm over psychotropic medication use for children and youth in foster care across the country. Given the rates of psychotropic drug use among children in foster care, there is growing concern that these medications may be taking the role of an easy fix in managing care, and the results can be tragic. Trends in psychotropic medication usage that are of serious concern include the practice of prescribing numerous drugs in combination, as well as prescribing these powerful medications for very young children. Medications thoughtfully prescribed and properly administered as part of an evidence-based, appropriate overall treatment program can certainly be helpful to a child or youth in need. This activity will discuss the appropriate and inappropriate use of psychotropic medication and the safety and efficacy of these medications among children and youth in foster care.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, counselors, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, PAs, physicians, psychologists, social workers, therapists and other health care (HCPs) who care for children within the foster care system.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Discuss why there is a high rate of overtreatment with psychotropic medications for children in the foster care system and how to prevent this.
- Explain how psychotropic medications can change brain chemistry in children 0-12 years of age.
- Identify alternative therapies that can be used instead of psychotropic medications.
Michael Naylor, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Behavioral Health and Welfare Program
Director, Comprehensive Assessment and Response Training System
Director, Clinical Services in Psychopharmacology
Institute for Juvenile Research, Department of Psychiatry
University of Illinois at Chicago
About the presenter
Michael Naylor, MD, is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry, general psychiatry and sleep disorders medicine and is an expert in child and adolescent mood disorders and psychopharmacology. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters and has presented his work at national meetings. Dr. Naylor received the 2008 Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Service Program Award for Excellence as the Director of the Behavioral Health and Welfare Program.
Sarah Chart, RN
Eden Prairie, MN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Eden Prairie, MN
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Credit designation statements
This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
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The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour ([0.10] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.00 contact hour.
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-0000-19-146-H04-P/T
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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The Commission for Case Manager Certification has approved this program for a maximum of 1.00 clock hours for Certified Case Managers (CCM).
Counselors, psychologists, social workers and/or marriage and family therapists
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- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 APA - Psychologists
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
- 1.00 CCMC - General - Case Managers
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