Health Care Oversight and Psychotropic Medications Training
(HCOPT)

Instructor:  Anita Khetpal, M.D

Purpose of this Training
Provide Education to Child Welfare staff including case managers/ IFCCS workers/ Adoption workers and their supervisors, foster parents, relatives (kinship) and residential providers as to health care for children in care and on how to monitor and/or provide informed decisions and consent as to appropriate use of psychotropic medications for children in care so to promote safe and effective use of these medications

Competencies and Objectives

  • Know how to monitor effectiveness and side effects of psychotropic medications and what to do if concerns arise
  • Identify the classifications of drugs, including ADHD medications, antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, antianxiety agents, and sedatives
  • Understand the role of the SCDSS Clinical Team that can be reached to assist with Psychotropic medication monitoring and consent
  • Ensure that medications are taken as prescribed and stored safely
  • Describe how to avoid intimidation and “undue influence”
  • Maintain records in order to share information of a child related to mental health history, diagnoses, medications, and their response to medications and keeping the Education and Health Passport up to date
  • Understanding the importance of Medical Consenter role in monitoring children who are on psychotropic medications by observing child behaviors, talking with the caregiver/case manager, counselors, medical practitioners (such as physicians and nurses), and the child, and documenting progress
  • Understand the difficulty of diagnosing trauma and mental illness in children who are in Foster Care and the need to consider trauma as a possible cause of behavior problems before seeking a mental health diagnosis and medication
  • Recognize common mental health diagnoses and associated symptoms and behaviors
  • Understand the importance of timely screens and thorough assessments to avoid misdiagnosis and help guide effective treatments
  • Understand the need for non-pharmacological or psychosocial interventions and support services instead of, or alongside medication and monitoring these interventions
  • Identify types of non-pharmacological evidence based interventions, including therapy and behavior modification strategies
  • Learn how to monitor the effectiveness of non-pharmacological interventions