Restraint and Seclusion Bill, it’s about time!

Posted on 06 Feb 2010 in Legislation, School Behavior | 1 comment

Did you know that almost 40% of states have no laws or policies against the use of Restraint or Seclusion in schools? That’s absurd.

Disability Scoop reports that:

The House Education and Labor Committee voted Thursday to pass the bill known as the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act by a vote of 34 to 10. Now, the measure must be considered by the full House and it must be taken up in the Senate before it can become law.

This is good news for our students with EBD or behavior problems. The Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders sent representatives to the Hill back on May 19, 2009 to testify before the House Education and Labor Committee about the abuse of restraint and seclusion in our school. Read their White Paper and see other reports form that day here.

This is an important law and I urge you to stay up to date on new developments. Please share your experiences, on either side of this issue, by commenting below.

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  1. Sielke / February 9th, 2010 8:15

    I will be watching this closely and appreciate your updates! A supporting effort that may help counter the effect of eliminating restraints as an intervention, is increased training in effective verbal deescalation strategies. In my experience, staff/adults who are present and initiating restraints are support therapists (milieu therapists, behavior support therapists). The job description for these positions continues to be a bachelor degree “in related field”, carries a low salary, and lacks a clinical emphasis for training. Are we asking too much of this position? Should the job description be changed, salaries increased, training revised? While this suffices for increasing the ratio of adults:children, in many residential or APS schools serving students in daily crisis, staff require increased support and ongoing training to help reinforce positive behavioral interventions.

    more to come – I’ll be watching:) ~Sielke