Maine DHHS Agrees to Reform Use of Psychotropic Medication in Foster Children

AUGUSTA, Maine — A landmark legal settlement is aiming to overhaul how children in Maine’s foster care system are given certain medications.

Reforms would include a new record-keeping system that follows the child from placement to placement, an informed consent process to help decision-making for teens and a secondary review team to provide recommendations.

Earlier this month, an agreement was reached to settle a 2021 lawsuit against the Maine Department of Health and Human Services filed by Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson and the national advocacy group Children’s Rights.

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