Dear CASA Jefferson Advocates,
On behalf of all our team,
Thank you for your commitment
to our CASA Jefferson foster children. We are grateful to you for
all that you have done to advocate for the best interest of your assigned
Jefferson parish foster child this past year.
As we enter into the last month of the year, our staff highly encourages
all advocates to conduct visits with their CASA child prior to
the holidays. Also, don’t forget to enter your notes in Optima early in
December, so that you can enjoy much needed time with your family.
Wishing you and your loved ones
a wonderful holiday season!
♥ Wendy Magee
CASA Jefferson Executive Director
Grinchmas Winter Fest Celebration Party
When: December 15, 202
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Where: Marrero’s Lyons Club
2334 Barataria Blvd
Marrero La. 70072
Invitations have been mailed to all CASA Jefferson children’s caregivers
address on file. Christmas gifts will be given to our CASA Jefferson
foster children at the end of the party.
Advocates, please encourage caregivers to RSVP asap.
Psych News Alert: Youth in Foster Care More Likely Than
Peers to Be Prescribed Multiple Psychiatric Medications
Youth in the foster care system are more likely to be prescribed two or more
psychiatric medications than other youth covered by Medicaid, according to a
report published this week in JAMA Pediatrics.
“High rates of psychotropic prescription are concerning because of the limited
safety and efficacy data for individuals younger than 18 years,” wrote
Sarah Lieff, Ph.D., M.P.H., of Mathematica and colleagues at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mathematica is a research and data analytics consulting firm.
The final study sample included 719,908 youth in foster care and 31,473,608
youth covered by Medicaid who were not in foster care. The researchers compared
the rates of psychotropic medication and psychotropic polypharmacy (defined as
prescription of two or more classes of psychiatric medications) between these
two groups of youth, as well as diagnoses of mental health conditions.
Among youth in the foster care group, 26.25% had been prescribed a psychotropic
medication and 13.27% were prescribed two or more psychotropic medications
compared with 9.06% and 3.11%, respectively, among other Medicaid-enrolled youth.
The most common class of psychotropic medication prescribed to youth in the
foster care group was stimulants (15.95%), followed by antidepressants (9.88%),
and antipsychotics (7.87%). The most common medications prescribed to the
other Medicaid-enrolled youth were stimulants (4.41%), antidepressants (2.75%),
and antipsychotics (1.74%).
In the foster care group, 42.85% had a diagnosed mental health condition
compared with 13.53% in the other group. Trauma or stressor-related disorder,
attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and behavior or conduct disorder were the
most common mental health diagnoses in the foster care group.
For more information access 8/23/23 psych news article below:
Multiple studies have concluded that children infoster care, many of whom are
victims of abuse and trauma, are prescribed psychiatric medication
at a rate significantly higher than other populations of children. Much of the
time, the medications are used to control behavior and anger.
The below “red flags” can help advocates recognize situations where your
CASA child’s medication prescription treatment may be problematic and you
should possibly consider recommending that their doctor re-evaluate the
meds that they are taking.
Clinical Red Flags
- a child is prescribed medication without first having been treated with
and not responded to psychotherapy
- a child 13-17 is prescribed a 4th psychiatric medication
- a child 9-12 is prescribed a 3rd medication
- a child 6-8 or under is prescribed a 2nd medication
- a child 5 or under is prescribed any medication
- a child is prescribed 2 or more medications at the same time
- a child is prescribed a medication to treat side effects
- a child of any age is prescribed a second medication in the same class
as the child is currently taking (for example, a second anti-psychotic)
*REMEMBER TO ASK HARD QUESTIONS*
CASA Jefferson’s Mission is to break the cycle of child abuse and
neglect through volunteers advocating for safe, nurturing, and
permanent homes for foster children in our community.
Vincent Ferrand - 9 years
Our Mission is to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect through volunteers
advocatingfor safe, nurturing, and permanent homes for foster children in our community.
Our Vision is to have volunteers recruited, trained, and assigned to every child
in the foster care system in Jefferson Parish.
New Advocate Volunteer Pre-Service Training classes
are Self-Guided & completed ON-LINE from the comfort of your home.
As of December 1, 2023, we have 58
children waiting for a volunteer to advocate for them. Please have
call 504 533-8757 and speak to
Margaret Ether to learn more about becoming a
CASA Jefferson volunteer advocate.