The Associated Press
MIAMI — A state review shows caseworkers with Florida’s Department of Children and Families are failing to comply with rules for giving powerful psychiatric medications to young foster children.
The Miami Herald obtained the DCF report Tuesday. It reviewed the records for 112 foster children younger than age 6 being given the medications.
The review shows caseworkers failed to complete treatment plans, didn't consult psychiatrists contracted by DCF and failed to get consent for the drugs.
DCF Secretary George Sheldon calls the findings "unacceptable."
The state has been reviewing mental-health drug use among foster children since a 7-year-old boy given several psychiatric medications during a nine-month stay in foster care hanged himself in April.