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Too Much, Too Many, Too Young

Too Much, Too Many, Too Young

By Elizabeth Pitman Gretter

Youth Assent to Psychotropic Medication in Foster Care is a Basic Human Right Originally posted on The American Bar Association, Human Rights Magazine, on October 12, 2021 “I was a zombie,” Jimmy said. “I was on seven psychotropic medications when I was 14 years old. I couldn’t eat. I had chest pain.” Jimmy knew even at […]

CR Insider: When Children’s Rights Came Knocking

CR Insider: When Children’s Rights Came Knocking

By Ryan Barker, Missouri Foundation for Health

Sometimes things just click. Call it Kismet, call it karma, call it dumb luck. For me it happened in 2017, when I first met Children’s Rights. At the time, I had been working in Health Policy at Missouri Foundation for Health for 15 years. Our mission is to eliminate the underlying causes of health inequities, transform systems, […]

Psychotropic Medications and Children in Foster Care

Psychotropic Medications and Children in Foster Care

By Stephen Dixon

A Dangerous Combination Observations from our work We have seen how psychotropics harm children in various foster care systems when not carefully administered.   For example, in Missouri, we got to know KC.  She was 12 years old and placed in a large congregate care facility.  She was prescribed five psychotropics. Our adult client, Kris, when […]