UPDATE, March 5, 2014: John Kelly, writing in today's Chronicle of Social Change, reports that President Obama's 2015 budget, revealed yesterday, includes "a 10-year plan that could allocate up to $750 million...to 'address over-prescrption of psychotropic medications for children in foster care.' The two-pronged plan focuses on rewarding states for treating children in foster care without (or with fewer) psychotropic drugs.
The first part is a $50 million a year, five-year investment by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). That mandatory spending would “encourage the use of evidence-based screening, assessment and treatment of trauma and mental health disorders” among foster youth.
The second part is a $500 million Medicaid demonstration program that would provide performance-based Medicaid incentive payments to “improve care coordination and delivery for children and youth in foster care through increased access to evidence-based psychosocial interventions.”