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Use of Restraint & Seclusion as Discipline


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MI Michigan Seclusion and Restraint Standards (PDF)


MI Michigan State Board of Education Adopts Guidelines On Seclusion/Restraint Use - After nearly two years of study, public comments and four drafts, and further fine-tuning of the policies today, the State Board of Education unanimously adopted state standards to guide schools in the emergency use of seclusion and restraint of students.


MI A Way to Safely Restrain Students? - Bereaved mom at odds with state.


GA Family Sues School System RE: Closet as “Time out Room” - In February, we introduced you to Boone Garvey, an autistic child who attended Lee County Primary School. His mother said Boone had been locked in a closet at school as a punishment for misbehaving. The school system defended the action, saying the closet was, in fact, a "time out room."


FL Parent Says School Misuses its Timeout Room - The punishment is considered so harsh the state urges it be used only as a last resort. It's called "secured seclusion" and allows teachers to confine children, many of whom suffer from severe emotional problems, in tiny, sealed rooms.


Restraint Prevention Project Accepting Applications for Scholarships - The use of physical restraints are becoming more prevalent in public schools. Deciding whether or not to physically restrain a student requires that school personnel have a clear understanding legal requirements, professional standards, and health and safety issues. The Education Law Resource Center announces formation of the Restraint Prevention Project. Deadline for applications to receive funds for this project is May 26, 2006.


Shaken and Stirred - Jamaica Plain parents charge that a special education teacher at the Mary Lyon School in Brighton used a illegal, improper and possibly fatal basket-hold restraint on their 5-year-old daughter last year.


In The Name of Treatment: A Parent's Guide to Protecting Your Child From the Use of Restraint, Aversive Interventions, and Seclusion (PDF) - Includes detailed information on restraint, aversive interventions, and seclusion. Also included is a "No Consent Form" for parents to give to their school to deny permission to use aversive procedures. Note: Images included are of children being restrained. Some viewers may find these images disturbing.


Reformers Push to End Restraint, Seclusion - Death, injuries prompt training of workers in more positive methods. Matthew Goodman, an autistic teen, spent the last 16 months of his life heavily sedated, in arm splints and a helmet, at Bancroft NeuroHealth in New Jersey. The restraints were supposed to keep him from picking at an injury, but his mother thinks they contributed to his death at age 14.  Children who fight, throw tantrums or threaten workers while in residential care in Ohio are more likely to be tackled or dragged to a ‘‘seclusion room" than given a psychiatric drug.


U.S. Connecticut and Michigan Will Help Develop Alternatives To Restraint - Three years ago, the Hartford Courant ran an investigative series into the restraint-related deaths of adults and children -- as young as 6 years of age -- in institutions housing people with mental illness and developmental disabilities. The team of reporters found that 142 such deaths occurred nationwide during the previous 10 years.


The Family Alliance to Stop Abuse and Neglect - a New Jersey organization currently dealing with the issues surrounding restraint.


Are Time-Out Rooms Inhumane? - SPEAK OUT: Plan would limit schools' use of 'time-out' rooms.


The Use of Physical Restraints on Special Education Children has to End - I made a phone call the other day to Jake's school to state my position on restraining my son. He is hands off! No questions! This is a comment I would have never thought I have to make and, frankly shouldn’t have to make.


Sample Letter: Letter Requesting "No Restraint" - click here.


Behavioral Health Groups Publish "Learning From Each Other: Success Stories and Ideas for Reducing Restraint/Seclusion in Behavioral Health" - Resource Guide Provides Practical Help in Creating a Culture of Safety, Respect, and Dignity.

The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), in collaboration with the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, serves as the Coordinating Center for a three-year project designed to reduce the use of restraint and seclusion procedures with children receiving services in five demonstration sites across the country.


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