JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri is working to settle a lawsuit alleging that the state overmedicated foster children with psychotropic drugs.
A federal judge on Monday gave preliminary approval to a settlement agreement that calls for the state to make systemic changes to how it oversees prescriptions for children in foster care.
Child advocates filed the class-action lawsuit against Missouri's Social Services Department last year. The plaintiffs alleged that the state inappropriately provides psychotropic drugs to foster children and lacks adequate oversight of prescriptions.