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Bridges4Kids LogoConnecticut and Michigan Will Help Develop Alternatives To Restraint

by Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Press, December 12, 2003
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HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT--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 investigation was prompted by the death of 11-year-old Andrew McClain, who died while being restrained face down at Connecticut's Elmhurst Hospital in March of 1998.

Now, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has chosen the states of Connecticut, Alabama, California, Michigan and Georgia to develop a training curriculum over the next three years to teach staff how to de-escalate situations that typically lead to restraints. Officials say the project will focus on developing alternatives to restraint, and will likely emphasize problem-solving and listening skills.

Connecticut Department of Children and Families Commissioner Kristine D. Ragaglia told the Courant this week that the fact that her state was chosen shows the significant improvements the state has made in avoiding the use of restraints since McClain's death.

The Hartford Courant's investigative report ran in October of 1998. The series, including a national restraint-death database, is still available on their website: "DEADLY RESTRAINT" 


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