17, No. 2
New Law Requires Screening for Trauma
On September 30, 2011, Congress passed the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act (P.L. 112-34). Among other things, this new law requires states to describe in their health care oversight plans:
North Carolina anticipates Project Broadcast will help it meet both these requirements. As this article about Project Broadcast makes clear, there is a clear connection between trauma screening and this project.
The connection to psychotropic medication use is indirect but still strong. The hope is that if children in foster care receive trauma-informed, evidenced-based treatments, we will see a reduction in use of psychotropic medications in this population.
To read a federal Information Memorandum on P.L. 112-34, go to http://1.usa.gov/JLoQyz