Improving the use of Psychotropic Meds among youth in foster care – Important Opportunity for States
December 20, 2011
Network members. Please encourage your state leaders to review this important opportunity to be a part of improving the use of psychotropic medications among children and adolescents in foster care. For some background information on the severity of the problem, read Judith Warner’s article in the New York Times.
Intent to apply needs to be submitted by January 13, 2011 so you need to act quickly!
From the Application description:
The Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. (CHCS), with funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), seeks state applicants to participate in a three-year quality improvement initiative to improve the practice of psychotropic medication prescribing and management for children and youth in foster care. A panel of independent experts representing clinical behavioral health practice, child welfare, Medicaid, and families and youth with experience in the child welfare system will review the applications and help CHCS select up to five state teams to participate in this three-year initiative. This initiative is intended as a state Medicaid, child welfare, and behavioral health authority partnership.
Each of the selected state teams will be part of a national multi-stakeholder quality improvement collaborative focused on improving the behavioral health care provided to children in foster care. Throughout the project, CHCS will help states to systematically track process and impact indicators using a continuous quality improvement learning community model. Findings will be broadly disseminated by CHCS and AECF, culminating with the publication of a toolkit that will serve as a how-to guide for other states to pilot the strategies tested in the collaborative.