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2/13/2017

Guidance on Section 504 and Restraint and Seclusion

The U.S. Department of Education released a set of guidance documents that provide information about the legal limitations on the use of restraint and seclusion with regard to students with disabilities. These include a new Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504, a Q & A sheet, and a Dear Colleague Letter issued by the Office for Civil Rights.

 
 

2/17/2016

Civil Rights Data Collection Snapshot: School Discipline

The Department of Education Office for Civil Rights released this Data Snapshot Issue Brief examining demographic patterns in school suspensions and expulsions, including disability status.

 
 

2/17/2016

Fact Sheet: Keeping All Students Safe Act (H.R. 927)

Rep. Donald Beyer (D-CT) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced their own version of the Keeping All Students Safe Act. The bill is identical to that which the House approved in 2011.

 
 

2/17/2016

The Business Case for Preventing and Reducing Restraint and Seclusion Use

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) outlines the economic rationale against using restraint and seclusion in this policy paper.

 
 

1/26/2016

APRAIS Fact Sheet Regarding the Keeping All Students Safe Act

Advocates are urging reintroduction of the Keeping All Students Safe Act, which was previously introduced by Rep. George Miller in 2013 during the 113th Congress. The bill establishes federal minimum safety standards to limit the use of restraint and seclusion, requires school officials to be trained and certified before practicing restraint, and bans the use of mechanical and chemical restraints.

 
 

11/4/2014

Issue Brief: Keeping All Students Safe Act

Issue Brief on the Keeping All Students Safe Act, comparing the House and Senate bills.

pdf File KASSA Issue Brief Nov 2014.pdf [download]
 
 

5/19/2014

GAO Seclusion and Restraints Report

Government Accountability Office report on seclusion and restraints: Selected Case of Death and Abuse at Public and Private Schools and Treatment Centers.

 
 

2/12/2014

Summary of the Keeping All Students Safe Act

A summary of the Keeping All Students Safe Act, developed by Senator Harkin (D-IA) HELP Committee Staff

 
 

2/11/2014

Fact Sheet on Current State-Level Protections from Restraint & Seclusion

This fact sheet shows up-to-date information on the limited state-level protections from restraint & seclusion for schoolchildren.

pdf File R-S Fact Sheet Feb 2014.pdf [download]
 
 

5/15/2012

U.S. Department of Education Issues Resource Document on Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

The U.S. Department of Education today released a new resource document on restraint and seclusion in schools. The document provides 15 principles for policies around restraint and seclusion and discusses efforts by federal agencies to address concerns about their use.

 
 

5/1/2012

How Safe Is The Schoolhouse? An Analysis of State Seclusion and Restraint Laws and Policies

This report published by the Autism National Committee provides information and analysis of the current state laws, regulations and guidance governing the use of restraint and seclusion in schools.

 
 

3/8/2012

U.S. Department of Education Releases New Civil Rights Data, Including Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

ED's Office for Civil Rights offers data highlighting educational inequities for minority students, including students with disabilities.

 
 

3/7/2012

NDRN Report Urges Department of Education to Prevent Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

In its third report in a series, the National Disability Rights Network explores the use of restraint and seclusion practices in schools and provides recommendations for the U.S. Department of Education to take action.

 
 

3/1/2012

Promoting Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint: Making the Business Case

This issue brief developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) analyzes the costs and savings associated with reducing restraint and seclusion in behavioral health care settings.

pdf File LeBel BUSINESS CASE ISSUE BRIEF FINAL 0610.pdf [download]
 
 

8/8/2011

Fact Sheet: Restraint & Seclusion in Schools

This fact sheet explains the need for federal legislation to address the harmful use of restraint and seclusion in schools, and the current status of the Keeping All Students Safe Act (H.R. 1381).

pdf File Restraint & Seclusion in Schools Fact Sheet [download]
 
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