Gabriel Myers Work Group ready to review final report, recommendations

Fort Myers News Press

The Gabriel Myers Work Group will meet Thursday to review its final report and recommendations.

Department of Children and Families Secretary George Sheldon established the group to review the use of psychotropic medication to treat children in foster care.

It came after the April death of a 7-year-old Broward County foster child, Gabriel Myers, who hanged himself.

The department had not obtained valid consent for his medication.

A draft of the report released earlier found that medicating children in state care is often an unregulated, haphazard process in which drugs are prescribed to help caregivers calm difficult children instead of treating them.

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