Interstate Variation in Trends of Psychotropic Medication Use Among Medicaid-Enrolled Children in Foster Care

This study from PolicyLab at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia provides updated data illustrating trends in the use of psychotropic medications both nationally and within 48 individual states. It represents a critical step in identifying areas for intervention in alignment with federal guidance. Bryan Samuels, Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families said, “[T]he study’s findings contribute to ongoing Federal efforts to improve the oversight and monitoring of psychoactive medications by providing a new snap shot in time on how these drugs were used in almost every state in the nation.”


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A Project Summary provides an overview of what PolicyLab asked, did, and found – and what the findings mean. Study methods are also reviewed.


Two interactive maps feature national and state-level trends in psychotropic medication use.