Centralized Medication Consent Unit

Poison Control 1-800-222-1222
Fax:  1-877-DCF-DRUG (323-3784)
E-mail:  getmeds.dcf@ct.gov

About CMCU
Contact Us
DCF-Approved Medication & Monitoring Requirements and Guidelines
Forms
How to Submit a Request
PMAC
Resources

ABOUT CMCU
The CMCU, which is composed of child psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses, is responsible for reviewing all requests for psychotropic medication use by a child or youth who is committed to DCF. In reviewing the medication request, the Unit considers the clinical situation as provided by the prescriber, monitoring requirements, maximum dosing guidelines and combination of medications. The dosing guidelines and monitoring requirements are based on the recommendations made by the Psychotropic Medication Advisory Committee (PMAC).  This committee consists of public and private pharmacists, nurse practitioners, child psychiatrists, pediatricians, registered nurses, and parent advocates, and is chaired by a DCF child psychiatrist.  PMAC is also charged with reviewing any reported adverse drug reaction.
 
Psychotropic medication requests can be approved, denied or modified. When a request is being considered for modification or denial, efforts are made to speak with the prescriber directly when possible. Response time for requests is dependent upon the thorough completion of the request form. The goal is to complete urgent requests the same day and routine requests within one business day. When sections of the form are left blank or only marginally completed, there will be a delay while efforts are made to obtain the missing information. The CMCU provides notification of the decision to the provider, DCF regional clinical director, DCF regional nurses and the DCF worker. The Unit also maintains a database on the requests that have been processed.
 
The information contained in this website is updated regularly. If you have any questions about the process to obtain psychotropic medication approval, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.
 
DCF Policy - Chapter 44, Psychotropic Medications: Informed Consent
 
  • Psychotropic Medication Consent Requests DCF-465 Fillin        
  • Discontinuation of a Psychotropic Medication DCF-465A Fillin        
  • Suspected Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting Form DCF-465B Fillin        
  • DCF Response to Medication Request DCF-465R  Fillin
HOW TO SUBMIT A REQUEST:
  1. The 465 form is to be used for DCF-committed children/youth only.
  2. For children/youth on a 96-hour hold, an Order of Temporary Custody, Committed Delinquent or Voluntary Services, DCF does not have the authority to give consent. Please contact the DCF worker to find out who the consenting guardian is (generally the parent). 
  3. When the child/youth is DCF-committed, please specify the person to receive the consent decision and the fax number or e-mail address to which the decision is to be sent.
  4. Every time a child/youth changes providers or setting, a new 465 needs to be submitted to the Centralized Medication Consent Unit (CMCU).
  5. If the plan is to continue the current psychotropic medication regimen without any changes, the medications may be given while waiting for the response from the CMCU.
  6. In urgent situations after hours for new medications only, see below for how to contact the Careline.
 
Weekdays (Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm)
  • Fax or e-mail the completed and signed form to the Centralized Medication Consent Unit (CMCU):  
  • FAX to: 1-877-323-3784 or EMAIL to: getmeds.dcf@ct.gov
  • CMCU staff will send the response to the fax number or email address the provider identifies on the form
  • Designated Area Office staff and the provider will be notified of the decision by CMCU staff
  • Do not send the DCF-465 to the DCF Area Office Social Worker.

After Hours - For new urgent medications only.  (Monday through Friday after 5 pm, or weekends, state furlough days and state holidays)

  • Call the DCF Careline at 1-800-842-2288 to notify them of the request; and
  • Fax or email the DCF-465 to the DCF Careline as arranged during the call.
  • Medication for Emergency Use is covered by Conn. Gen. Stat. §17a-81.
  • Emergency use includes those situations in which the physician concludes that the treatment is necessary to prevent serious harm to the child.

Complete the DCF-465 for emergency-use psychotropic medications within 3 days and send to the CMCU fax number.

CONTACT US

Toll Free fax:  1-877-DCF-DRUG (323-3784)
E-mail:  getmeds.dcf@ct.gov
 
The CMCU is closed after 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday and on Weekends, State Holiday's and during State Emergencies.  If you need to contact us after hours, please call the Careline regarding all urgent requests at Careline:  1-800-842-2288

Roumen Nikolov, MD
Medical Director/Chief of Psychiatry
Associate Residency Training Program Director Yale/Solnit Track
Albert J Solnit Children’s Center, Middletown CT
Tel. 860-704-4013
Fax 860-704-4123
Assistant: 860-704-4126
ROUMEN.NIKOLOV@ct.gov

Paul Rao, MD
Regional Medical Director
860-462-4494
paul.rao@ct.gov

 
Chris Malinowski, APRN
860-704-4078
 
Angela Ojide, APRN

860-704-4143

angela.ojide@ct.gov

 

RESOURCES

How to Properly Dispose of Medications
A Guide on Psychotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care-U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Medication usage for Behavioral and Emotional Disorders:  a Guide for Parents, Foster Parents, Families, Youth, Caregivers, Guardians and Social Workers - DCF
Facts for Families Guide – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Available in English, Spanish and Chinese