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Stephen Crystal and Colleagues’ Featured Article in Health Affairs Special Issue on Behavioral Health

Significant quality challenges persist in antipsychotic medication use for children in foster care and other Medicaid-insured children according to Professor Stephen Crystal and colleagues’ research, “Rapid Growth of Antipsychotic Prescriptions for Children Who Are Publicly Insured Has Ceased, But Concerns Remain” reported in the June, 2016, issue of Health Affairs. Overall prescribing rates for children in foster care and other Medicaid-insured children have leveled off since a period of rapid growth in the early and mid-2000s. However, persistently high rates of antipsychotic treatment, particularly among foster children, alongside gaps in metabolic monitoring, over-reliance on use of multiple concurrent antipsychotic medications and underuse of psychosocial interventions, underscore enduring behavioral health care challenges. The ‘new normal’ levels of prescribing represent a substantially higher rate than was seen prior to the sharp expansion of the early 2000s. The article is available here.



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