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SONYA MUHAMMAD M.A. MFCC, PPS: The Psychiatric Drugging of Foster Kids

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SONYA MUHAMMAD M.A. MFCC, PPS

Sonya Muhammad is a marriage, family, and child counselor and life coach. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts from Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois, her Master’s Degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California, and her Educational Counseling Certification from the University of La Verne in La Verne, California. Ms. Muhammad has devoted over 25 years to working with children who have difficult behaviors and other life struggles, while providing their parents with parent education and support . Ms. Muhammad has provided counseling services in domestic violence shelters, and she coaches domestic violence victims in an effort to provide them with prevention and intervention strategies for self-awareness and safety. She currently has a book available on Kindle, titled Mirror/Mirror II, a text/workbook for women who wish to heal the wounds and move beyond domestic violence.

Ms. Muhammad is an adjunct professor at the University of LaVerne in LaVerne , California, and she has served as a counselor/coach in a variety of school districts and county agency settings working with children K-12 and their families. Ms. Muhammad has extensive experience in providing a variety of counseling and educational services to foster youth, and it was during her 12 years with Los Angeles County Office of Education/Foster Youth Services, that Ms. Muhammad became aware of and concerned about the massive psychotropic drugging of children who reside in out of home placements. This particular interest in the psychotropic drugging of foster children who have no voice and no power, is directly encouraged and sustained by her collaborations with other professionals and professional organizations who have similar interests and concerns. These collaborations and affiliations has supported her in becoming a voice for foster children who are the seriously silenced victims, due to the administration and misrepresentation of so-called “medications” (psychotropic drugs) that serve as nothing more than chemical restraints.

Ms. Muhammad’s next book, Wake Up and Smell The Cocoa, a brief handbook exposing the childhood ADHD myth and the dangers of psychotropic drugs, will also be available on Kindle in September of this year. Persons interested in online virtual office counseling and consultations services can find Ms. Muhammad at www.theCounselor.com.

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California Lawmakers Set to Tackle Excessive Prescribing of Psych Meds to Foster Children

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San Jose Mercury News
January 31, 2015
By Karen de Sá

California lawmakers will consider a major overhaul this year of how the california-foster-kidsstate cares for thousands of traumatized foster children, a sweeping effort to curb the excessive use of psychiatric drugs in foster care.

Legislation to boost caregiver training, strengthen court oversight of prescriptions and give foster youth the right to alternative treatments is in the works in the Senate to address problems revealed in this newspaper’s yearlong investigation “Drugging Our Kids.”

After years of growing concern — but no action — state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León said he is “optimistic that oversight will result in overdue reform.”

Psychotropic drug use in foster care is “one of the top issues on the child welfare agenda this session,” said Susanna Kniffen, policy director at the nonprofit Children Now advocacy group.

With a half dozen legislators exploring bills, de León’s staff has been working behind the scenes, attending meetings of a statewide reform group and meeting with advocates and lawmakers considering bills. More

California’s Crisis: 1 Out of Every 4 Children in California’s Foster Care System are Prescribed Powerful Psychiatric Drugs Including Dangerous Antipsychotics

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With alarming frequency, foster and health care providers are turning to a risky but convenient remedy to control the behavior of thousands of troubled kids: numbing them with psychiatric drugs that are untested on and often not approved for children.

A new report issued from the Bay Area News organization, raises the alarm on mass prescribing of dangerous psychotropic drugs to California’s foster care children. Among the findings of the investigation: Nearly 1 out of every 4 adolescents in California foster care system is being drugged , 3 times the rate for adolescents nationwide. Even more alarming is that of the tens of thousands prescribed psychiatric drugs, nearly 60% were prescribed powerful antipsychotics which have been documented by 72 international drug regulatory warnings to cause heart problems, stroke, diabetes, convulsions and sudden death.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights, a mental health watchdog organization responsible for helping to enact more than 150 reforms against abusive mental health practices, says this treatment of children is medical neglect, and reforms must be enacted to protect this vulnerable population. CCHR has experts in the field of California Foster Care who are available for media interviews, as well as Doctors who can speak to the dangers of the drugs being prescribed to children, not only in foster care, but nation wide.

According to IMS Health, the leading vendor of all US prescribing data, nearly 9 million children currently being prescribed psychiatric drugs—with more than 1 million are under the age of five. Click here for the exact breakdown of age groups being prescribed psychiatric drugs http://www.cchrint.org/psychiatric-drugs/children-on-psychiatric-drugs/

To read the full report on California’s Foster Care crisis, click here – http://www.cchrint.org/2014/08/26/drugging-our-kids-children-in-californias-foster-care-system/