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How Research Evidence Informs Foster Youth Medication Policies
This forum, based on Laurel Leslie and Thomas Mackie’s research, will focus on how mid-level policymakers in state child welfare agencies acquire, interpret, and use research evidence to develop policies regarding medications for youth in foster care. Responding to the dramatic increase in the use of these medications in recent years, the federal government mandated that all child welfare agencies develop plans to review and manage behavioral health services for youth.
Presenters at this forum will explore various state and local responses to the federal charge – particularly in New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families. Presenters include Laurel K. Leslie, MD, MPH Vice President of Research American Board of Pediatrics; Thomas Mackie, PhD, MPH; Assistant Professor, Department of Health Systems and Policy at Rutgers School of Public Health; Christopher Bellonci, M.D. Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine; Debra Lancaster, Director, Office of Strategic Development, New Jersey Department of Children and Families.
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