CPS in Florida Now Has a Physician’s License That is Why The Child Hung Himself

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.

About yvonnemason

Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by Lulu.com October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple
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