For Immediate Release
February 5, 2018
Sacramento - The California Association of Health Facilities issued the following statement today regarding a Human Rights Watch report on the use of antipsychotic medication in skilled nursing centers.
"Skilled nursing providers across California have worked tirelessly to safely reduce the unnecessary use of antipsychotic medications over the last six years. This report does little to highlight the effort launched by our profession in 2012 that has resulted in a dramatic decline in the use of these medications.
According to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, California ranks 4th best in the nation in reducing the unnecessary use of antipsychotic medication. As of the second quarter of 2017, California had reduced the use of antipsychotics by 45 percent.
While our efforts are better than 46 other states, our providers remain focused on collaborating with families, regulators and other health care providers to find solutions to address this issue."