Statement on Racism and Social Injustices: APMRT stands in solidarity with Black communities, indigenous communities, people of color, and all other minority groups in the stance against racial violence and inequity that takes place all over the world, especially within the United States. We advocate for the fair and just treatment of all individuals, regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, culture, socioeconomic status, disability, or any other basis. We are dedicated to providing services with the highest level of integrity with each and every one of our clients, as we have since the inception of the APMRT. As a team, we will continue to learn how to best meet the needs of the foster youth we serve, the professionals we collaborate with, and the communities we live in. For resources to help discuss racism and anti-racism with your children, please click here.
If you are receiving behavioral services from the APMRT and wish to discuss this statement further, please reach out to the behavior analyst you’re working with and let them know!
- Mission: In response to a federal mandate, the APMRT's mission is to serve the behavioral and medication needs of Alabama's foster children, and children at risk of being placed in foster care, to treat challenging behaviors and promote the safe and effective use of psychotropic medications.
- Behavioral Needs: The APMRT works closely with foster and biological families to provide parent training and individualized interventions surrounding challenging behaviors for which psychotropic medications are often used.
- Medication Needs: The APMRT works to educate the public on the appropriate use of psychotropic medications as well as collaborate with various stakeholders to monitor and better manage psychotropic medication use in Alabama's foster youth.
- Watch the video below to learn more about the APMRT!
Watch to Learn About the APMRT
Watch to see an overview of the APMRT, meet its members, and get an explanation of services it provides.
Psychotropic medication is any drug that is used to address emotional and/or behavioral problems.
When used appropriately, psychotropic medications can effectively manage symptoms.
Psychotropic medications, especially antipsychotics, can have negative, long-term effects on individuals who take them, and inappropriate use of antipsychotics is a growing concern.
According to the Government Accountability Office, foster children are prescribed psychotropic medication 270 - 450% more than children not in foster care.
Some studies estimate the use of psychotropic medication to be 3.5 - 11 times greater in foster youth compared to children not in foster care.
Interested in more information about psychotropic drugs and children in foster care? Read a brief written by The National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being here.
- Explore our website to discover how the APMRT is working to help Alabama address these growing concerns.
*Note: This project has been approved by the Auburn University Institutional Review Board.