Child Protection Day at the Capitol
Resource Spotlight: Drugs and Foster Care
Last month, 12-year-old Ke'onte, a Texas child in foster care, testified before Congress about spending roughly one-third of his life in a medicated haze. While in the custody of Texas Child Protective Services, the boy was prescribed roughly a dozen mind-altering drugs, known as antipsychotic medication, according to ABC News.
Since coming off the medication, the seventh-grader entered therapy and made terrific progress. "I’m not only more focused in school… I’m not going to the office anymore for bad behavior and I’m happy," Ke'onte told a Senate subcomittee, as reported by ABC. The child's testimony came in conjunction with a report from the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) that found children in foster care in Texas are more likely than other children, including kids like them in other states' foster care systems, to be prescribed psychotropic medications.
In recent years, Texas has put a number of accountability measures in place to reduce the overprescription of serious drugs to kids in foster care. The new reports, however, indicate children need more protections put in place. Ensuring Appropriate Psychotropic Medication Usage for Children in Foster Care, a new brief by Texans Care's child welfare policy associate Ashley Harris, looks at what Texas can do to build on earlier efforts to limit foster children’s unnecessary exposure to mind-altering drugs. Read the brief now.
Campaign Spotlight: Texas Well and Healthy
Texans Care for Children is proud to play a leading role in a new campaign to improve Texans' lives by ensuring more get the health care they need. For too many years, our state has had the most uninsured people, including the most uninsured children. It's time for a change. Texas Well and Healthy (formerly KidsWell Texas) is a campaign to bring thousands of Texans together, at the grassroots level, around a vision of a healthier Texas.
If you believe in secure health care and building power for Texans, take action:
- Bring the Texas Well and Healthy team out for a free and fun 1-hour workshop.
In just an hour, the community education team will give your group an engaging training on the state of health care in Texas. Learn about the Affordable Care Act and what it means for you in an easy-to-digest format with experienced trainers.
- Join Texas Well and Healthy online.
Sign up for emails, the Facebook group, and the Twitter feed. You can also submit health reform questions for campaign bloggers to answer.
- Join monthly Health Care Action Calls.
These calls connect you with the health care issues you need to know and give you a chance to ask the experts your questions.
- Find out about our Train the Trainer program.
Get equipped to lead local health care trainings.
- Spread the word.
Pass this email along to mobilize friends and ensure they are looped in to help make noise for better health care in Texas.
We look forward to seeing you at our annual Put Kids 1st luncheon, which is just days away! Unable to join us? Be sure to check out our Facebook page after the Feb. 7th event for highlights from the event.