This training module contains three sections, each requiring approximately 30 minutes to complete. The first section is an overview of psychotropic medications, what they are and why they are used, as well as some information about potential side effects. The second section will cover the basics of trauma-informed care and how it relates to medication in foster care settings. It will also give a brief description of treatment planning and the use of Child and Family Teams. In the third and final section, we will explore the Juvenile Court process for authorization of psychotropic medication, and the forms used in that process. The course concludes with a post-test, the results for which may be printed if proof of completion is desired.
Here's the link for the learner to self-register for this course: https://calswec.instructure.com/enroll/L64KJ8
To enroll in the course as a new user:
Enter your email address, select "I am a new user," enter your full name, select the agreement checkbox, and then click the Enroll in Course button (see screenshot below).
You will then arrive on a web page that says you have successfully enrolled in the course, where you will click the Go to the Course button.
That will take you to the course home page, where you will click the Course Description button at the bottom of the page.
On the course description page, click the Enter Training Module button at the bottom of the page, and the online course will begin.
Also, please check your email inbox to see if you received a message from Instructure Canvas asking you to complete your registration.
These materials are available for you to download or print at your own convenience. They will NOT be provided during classroom training.
Segment 2: Laws and Regulations
- State Audit Summary
- ACYF-CB-IM-12-03 Promoting the Safe, Appropriate, and effective Use of Psychotropic Medication
- Full Text of SB 238
- Full Text of SB 319
- Full Text of SB 484
- CDSS All County Letter 16-48 Role of Foster Care Public Health Nurses
Segment 3: Court Forms
- California Rules of Court 5.640
- American Bar Association's Psychotropic Medication and Children in Foster Care: Tips for Advocates and Judges
Segment 4: Trauma
- SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach
- American Academy of Pediatrics' Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope with Trauma
- National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices' Behind the Term: Trauma
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network's Trauma and Substance Abuse
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network's Tips for Finding Help
- Chadwick's Essential Elements of a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System
Segment 5: Accessing Services
- Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services Information Notice No. 16-061: Clarification on Mental Health Plan Responsibility for Providing Medi-Cal Specialty Mental Health Services to Beneficiaries Enrolled in Medi-Cal Managed Care Health Plans
- Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services Information Notice No. 16-063: Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Services for Youth in California
Segment 6: Psychotropic Medication
- Foster Youth Mental Health Bill of Rights
- Questions to Ask About Medication Brochure
- Alameda County Transition-Age Youth Side Effect Informational Cards
- American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Facts for Families: Weight Gain
- Medication Monitoring Checklist
- Community Care and Licensing's Resource Guide to Medications in Group Homes
- Sample Safety Plan