In This Issue

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With the new legislative requirements of States’ Health Care Coordination and Oversight Plans, how will responsibilities of child welfare workers change. What’s new for professionals in youth services to positively impact the social and emotional development of youth with serious behavior problems? In June of 2012, States reported their Annual Progress and Services Report (APSR) including plans to implement improved oversight and guidance of the use of anti-psychotic medications.

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How well do you know the youth population you serve? Mental and behavioral health practitioners and professionals working with youth in child welfare can work together to take action on the ground level to increase opportunity for more accurate diagnosis, safe, effective, and focused intervention that engages young people in their treatment. This fun quiz brings up important points that can help ensure social and emotional needs are met for youth in your care as they prepare to be on their own.

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Youth Corner

Do the young people that you work with understand their diagnosis, know why their medication is prescribed, or that there might be treatment options? Share this section with young people in care so they can be more informed about their treatment. You can help youth in your care be more actively engaged, feel confident in asking questions, and provide useful feedback to their care provider, doctor, or therapist. Hear what some former foster youth have to say about taking psychotropic medications as part of their treatment while in care, and what they recommend for their peers and for professionals the field. The Youth Corner is written for youth; download and share the guides developed for young people by young people on managing medication prescribed for emotional and behavioral health, and some articles and comments from other youth and young adults on this important topic.

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How well informed are you about the issue of psychotropic medication in treating mental and behavioral health of youth in foster care? Do you know the specific provisions relating to psychotropic medication for youth in care in your state? The Resources section provides up to date Information about use and misuse of psychotropic medications in treating youth in child welfare. You can access examples of state management and oversight plans, resources on social and emotional health for youth in care, links to articles, reports, issue briefs, research, and guides for professional youth workers, legal advocates, and for youth.

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NYTD Corner

• Message from the Children’s Bureau
• Survey Results from 17 year-olds in Foster Care: Spotlight on Washington
• NYTD Issue Briefs related to surveying youth for NYTD.