Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment


AUCD advocates for legislation aimed at preventing the abuse and neglect of children with disabilities.  AUCD works on the reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and advocates for the funding of CAPTA programs.

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Sen. Wyden Discussion Draft for Funding of Title IV-E of the Social Security Act

pdf File Wyden Discussion (2).pdf [download]


Keep Kinds in School Act (S.672)

Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa) introduced the Keep Kids in School Act with the purpose of reducing suspensions in schools, noting that students with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be suspended than those without.

pdf File S. 672 suspensions and expulsions Casey.pdf [download]


Supportive School Climate Act (S.811)

Senator Murphy introduced the Supportive School Climate Act of 2015, legislation that would address the school-to-prison pipeline by reducing suspensions, expulsions, and other overly harsh school disciplinary actions to improve youth outcomes.

pdf File S. 811 Supportive School Climate Act Murphy.pdf [download]


CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-320)

Enacted on Dec. 20, 2010, the CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010 amends and reauthorizes the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act five years through 2015 and contains strengthened provisions related to primary prevention activities and the nexus between child abuse and disability.



Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA)

Text of the law, as amended by the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003
pdf File CAPTA text 2003 [download]




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]


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.



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


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Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

This past week (November 15-18) was the 2015 AUCD Annual Conference, On November 19 a conference committee passed a compromise bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), AUCD signed on to two letters supporting RAISE and Lifespan Respite Reauthorization Act, and more

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