Attorneys for Children’s Rights, the National Center for Youth Law and Saint Louis University School of Law Legal Clinics filed a federal lawsuit in June on behalf of Missouri children currently or formerly in foster care.
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Claims that Missouri has historically and unconstitutionally failed foster children by prescribing psychotropic drugs are surviving challenges in federal court.
Children’s Rights’ lawsuits in Missouri and Iowa, which both allege failures to monitor the use of psychotropic medications for children in state custody, are cited in this article about a man who was prescribed psychotropic medications as a child.
“The absence of the medical records itself creates an unreasonable risk of harm and the defendants are aware of that risk as well,” Laughrey wrote in a 33-page opinion.
Sara Bartosz, a lawyer for Children’s Rights, said the lawsuit and its proposed settlement, which still needs a federal judge’s final approval, was about restoring “basic and fundamental” procedures into Rhode Island’s child welfare system.
The state of Rhode Island has agreed to settle a long-running lawsuit brought by Children’s Rights alleging systemic abuse and neglect of the nearly 2,000 children living in state custody.