DCF was slapped on the wrist when the boy hung himself after being on drugs mandated by the state. The question I have is this- Who decided they were smart enough to be given a license to practice medicine? Even doctors who have a license and have a degree are not that smart most times. This is just one more avenue DCF uses to keep children who are in foster care compliant so they can’t tell what is happening to them. DCF is now not only Judge and jury, they now are doctors, lawyers and Indian Chiefs.
There is no one watching the watchers. There is no one to say stop it is time to put on the brakes. DCF is taking our future- our children and using them for their own financial gain- they are a system out of control and they have to be stopped.
DCF Chided on Child Drug Rules
Report examined psychiatric medications given to foster children.
Published: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 11:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 11:38 p.m.
MIAMI | Caseworkers with Florida’s Department of Children and Families are failing to comply with rules for giving powerful psychiatric medications to young foster children, according to a report.
The DCF report, dated Tuesday, reviewed the records for 112 foster children younger than age 6 being given the medications.
The review shows caseworkers failed to complete treatment plans, didn’t consult psychiatrists contracted by DCF and failed to obtain consent for the drugs.
“The deeper I get into this thing, the more my blood pressure rises,” DCF Secretary George Sheldon told The Miami Herald, which obtained a copy of the report on Tuesday. “This really is unacceptable.”
Four years ago, state lawmakers passed legislation to curb the use of mental-health drugs among children in state care. The law requires informed consent from a parent or judge, second-party review of doctors’ prescriptions for the youngest children, and annual reports to the state Senate.
The state has been reviewing mental-health drug use among foster children since 7-year-old Gabriel Myers hanged himself in May. He was given several psychiatric medications during a nine-month stay in foster care.
According to the study which was conducted between June 3 and June 5, caseworkers did not complete a treatment plan for 83 children, or 74 percent of the 112 whose files were studied. The treatment plans are designed to ensure that troubled children receive psychological care, in addition to drugs, and do not become overly reliant on powerful medications.
In more than 95 percent of the cases studied, the foster child’s doctor did not review his or her plans with a consulting psychiatrist under contract with DCF to ensure the children in state custody are well cared for.
In 72 percent of the files studied, caseworkers entered inaccurate data in the state’s computerized child-welfare database. Erroneous information included mistakes about the names of medications and dosages prescribed.