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Articles, news items, etc. related to misuse of mental health system within a foster care environment for youth.


You'll find a variety of items here related to how young people are especially vulnerable when in the care of the state, because of abuse by the mental health care system, especially massive psychiatric drugging.

Youth and Foster Care Psychiatric Drugging

Drugs Used for Psychotics Go to Youths in Foster Care

(Published: Dec 01, 2011 01:00 PM)
The NY Times reports on a study in journal Pediatrics about massive drugging of young people in USA foster care homes, especially with so-called "antipsychotic" drugs also known as neuroleptics.

Some Texas foster kids' doctors have ties to drug firms

(Published: Aug 19, 2008 07:14 PM)
A mainstream Texas newspaper examines the massive, profitable and illegal psychiatric drugging of children in Texas foster care.

Congressional hearing held on psychiatric drugging of USA foster care kids

(Published: May 15, 2008 01:27 PM)
The US Congress held a public hearing about the way youth in foster care are often given large amounts of powerful psychiatric drugs, without adequate oversight, accountability, information, alternatives and advocacy. Vera Sharav of Alliance for Human Research Protection issued this report.

USA legislator McDermott holds hearings on foster care psychiatric drugging.

(Published: May 08, 2008 05:18 PM)
Hearings are being held in US Congress on 8 May 2008 about the abuse of foster care youth by psychiatric drugging.

USA Today's piece on psychiatric drugs and foster care

(Published: May 08, 2008 04:55 PM)
USA Today did a series about psychiatric drugging of youth, including this on the foster care controvers.

Oregonian newspaper exposes massive psychiatric drugging of foster care kids.

(Published: Nov 30, 2007 03:10 PM)
The largest daily newspaper in Oregon published a three-part investigation of the the massive psychiatric drugging of youth in foster care in Oregon. Below is the text from the series, at bottom are links to the original articles.

Texas investigates psychiatric drugging of youth in foster care

(Published: Apr 04, 2007 03:49 PM)
Alliance for Human Research Protection reports about a Texas Foster Care Investigation issued in 2004 by Texas comptroller, Carole Keeton Strayhorn. Children as young as three are drugged with neuroleptics.

Brief Report: Use of Psychotropic Medications by Youths in Therapeutic Foster Care and Group Homes

(Published: Jan 08, 2007 01:03 PM)
Youth in foster and group homes are often given psychiatric drugs, including "polypharmacy" -- a chemical cocktail of multiple psychiatric drugs -- according to this study published by the American Psychiatric Association.
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Lauren Tenney, psychiatric survivor activist from New York State

First involuntarily institutionalized, at 15, Lauren Tenney is a survivor of psychiatry. She has been involved with the user and survivor movement since 1992. Her goal is to help stop forced psychiatric procedures, detainment, and confinement, human rights violations, psychiatric abuse and torture. Of particular concern are the elimination of forced electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) on people of all ages, but particularly children and senior citizens, forced drugging, restraints, seclusion, behavioral interventions, and coercion of any kind. Lauren, a Mad-Activist/ Artist/ Author/ Academic/ Adjunct Professor is coordinating The Opal Project, an outcome of participatory action research she coordinated for field research in the PhD program in Environmental Psychology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation topic is: "The Institutionalized "Community." She became involved with WE THE PEOPLE when the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights and MindFreedom International needed someone on the ground in Brooklyn, New York to coordinate a response where Esmin Green was murdered-by-neglect. She now lives in Albany, NY with her service dog-in-training and cat. For more info: www.TheOpalProject.org and www.etrash.tv
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