Diagnostic Tools

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Helpful tools to diagnose a youth with a mental health condition, and to prescribe and monitor psychotropic medications.


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Information regarding the process for requesting and obtaining a consent for a psychotropic medication during normal business hours and after hours,weekends and holidays.

What's New

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The latest information regarding psychotropic medication information and changes in DCFS consent procedures.  

Frequently Asked ?'s

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Explore frequently asked questions regarding the consent procedure and psychotropic medications for clinicians, caseworkers and foster parents.

About Us

Established on July 1, 1992 by contract between DCFS and the UIC Department of Psychiatry, the Clinical Services in Psychopharmcology Program provides an independent medication review of all psychotropic medication consent requests submitted by care providers for children in its custody. Designed to ensure the safety and appropriateness of psychotropic medication for special needs children in state custody, the CSP monitors the use of psychotropic medications in this population. Since the inception of the program, the number of consultations has grown steadily from 2,527 in calendar year 1994 to approximately 20,000 in calendar year 2018.

For more information, you may also visit the Illinois DCFS website.

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