GAO Report: Kids In Foster Care May Not Receive Needed Mental Health Services.

CQ (1/11, Attias, Subscription Publication) reports that yesterday, “a trio of Democrats…released a Government Accountability Office [GAO] report [pdf] that shows children in foster care take psychotropic medications at higher rates than other youngsters, while many in the foster system may not be receiving needed mental health services. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Tom Harkin of Iowa and Reps. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Lucille Roybal-Allard of California requested the report to look into those medications’ effects on foster children.” According to the GAO, “18 percent of children in foster care took at least one psychotropic” medication, and 30 percent of foster kids who could have used mental healthcare did not receive it over the course of a one-year period.

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