Section 6 - Psychotropic Medications

Court Review – Medical Care (Cont'd)

At placement review and permanency hearings, the court reviews (Cont'd):

  •  medications, dosage, adverse reactions and or side effects, and the child or youth's cooperation with taking medications
  • psychosocial therapies, behavior strategies and other non-pharmacological interventions (other options that don't involve medicines)
  • whether the child has been given the opportunity to express his or her opinion on the medical care provided

Guardians Ad Litem and Attorneys Ad Litem (these are people appointed by the court to represent the child), must review the medical care given to the child and explain the benefits and risks to the child in a manner that he or she can understand. They must also get the child’s opinion about the medical care.