There has been growing concern about the safety and efficacy of psychotropic prescribing practices for children enrolled in Medicaid and in foster care.1 In response, accreditation organizations and policymakers have developed standards for optimal use of psychotropic medications among children.2 In addition, federal legislation has prompted states to implement monitoring programs to address quality and safety issues among vulnerable pediatric subpopulations.3,4 Here, we report findings from an evaluation of Indiana's program for foster youth, which used outlier case review followed by peer-to-peer consultation between prescribing physicians and child and adolescent psychiatrists. We observed clinically and statistically significant reductions in polypharmacy, off-label prescribing, inpatient hospitalizations, health care costs, and related outcomes among youths randomized to an immediate intervention group compared to no improvements in a waitlist control group.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry|
|State||Published - Dec 2019|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health