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Congress should adopt proposal to help foster kids

Child Abuse & Neglect
Health

San Jose Mercury News

By Bruce Lesley

Sacramento is rightly pushing for reform of the overmedication of children in California’s foster care system (“Senate panel examines why California foster care system ‘addicted’ to psychiatric drugs,” Page 1A, Feb. 24). But Washington must also step up.

The president has proposed an initiative that would help states like California improve monitoring, so state officials can keep a closer eye on prescribing patterns. And it would reward states that reduce overprescribing and deliver improved mental health outcomes for kids in foster care…

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