Strayhorn issues report

Comptroller's office issues a report criticizing executive branch department:

Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn said Friday that about 100 Texas children were treated for poisoning by medications they were given while in state foster care in 2004.

According to her investigation, large numbers of psychotropic drugs are being prescribed to children in the foster care system.

However, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission released a report showing the success of guidelines issued for the use of psychotropic medications for foster care children. More than 30,000 children are in state foster care.

The report found the percentage of children in foster care who were prescribed a psychotropic medication fell seven percent in the five months after the guidelines were released. And there was a 29 percent decrease in the percentage of foster care children taking two or more psychotropic drugs after the guidelines.

Strayhorn blamed Gov. Rick Perry's Health and Human Services Commission for not providing data needed to complete her investigation. State and federal law prohibits HHSC from releasing client-specific Medicaid data.

Something tells me that the Strayhorn campaign might pick this up.

Posted by Evan @ 06/24/06 06:01 PM


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