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We strive to improve the safety and effectiveness of psychopharmacotherapy for the treatment of emotional and behavioral disturbances in minors who are in the custody/care of the State of Illinois. This objective is achieved through independent medication review, expert consultation, education, policy development, and effective oversight of the use of psychotropic medications for the Division of Guardian and Advocacy for the State of Illinois.
Established on July 1, 1992 by contract between DCFS and the UIC Department of Psychiatry, the Clinical Services in Psychopharmcology Program provides an independent medication review of all psychotropic medication consent requests submitted by care providers for children in its custody. Designed to ensure the safety and appropriateness of psychotropic medication for special needs children in state custody, the CSP monitors the use of psychotropic medications in this population. Since the inception of the program, the number of consultations has grown steadily from 2,527 in calendar year 1994 to approximately 13,000 in calendar year 2007.
Research has shown that youth in state care are at high risk for severe emotional and behavioral disturbances. A substantial number of these children and adolescents are receiving psychotropic medications as part of their overall care plan.
For psychiatrically impaired children and adolescents from intact families, parents are responsible for providing consent for treatment and longitudinal oversight of their child’s care. As the legal guardian for approximately 16,000 youth in state custody, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is responsible for providing consent for psychiatric treatment for their wards and longitudinal oversight of their wards’ care.
The provision of consent and oversight of treatment for youth in state custody presents a daunting challenge for DCFS:
In addition to reviewing medication requests, the objectives of the Clinical Services in Psychopharmcology are to: