In February 2009 we wrote to SAMHSA informing them that we are finding that when the desire to eliminate or reduce restraint exceeds the actual realities of the institution and population served, that   1.     Either there is an increased use of mechanical and chemical restraint to compensate for the inability of staff to maintain [...]

Continue reading about Study shows efforts to decrease seclusion & restraint may be accompanied by an increase in patient-related violence

My story is this…our Autistic child was placed in prone restraints as a punishment for non compliance. He was restrained in a seclusion room where he would be placed and left until he would calm to administrations liking. If he still wouldn’t calm down, they would come in and restrain him. He was in no danger [...]

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 The Report By National Disability Rights Network has seriously misrepresented the facts about restraint. Included with our comments is a copy of the publication: Attacking our Educators, Stopping School Violence http://www.stoppingschoolviolence.com.  We would suggest that anyone interested in this subject purchase a copy of this book — available in electronic format for $5.  The book has 194 [...]

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TTAPR on April 17th, 2009

Prone restraint simply means that the subject of the restraint is in a face down position.  It is not the name of a particular restraint technique as there are many ways to restrain someone face down.  All prone holding methods are not unsafe, just as all standing, seated or face up holding methods are not [...]

Continue reading about Why are you opposed to banning prone restraint?

We are using statistics from National School Safety and Security Services Statistics, the Department of Education, the Department of Justice, the United States Department of Health including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.  The Federal statistics available are considered to be artificially low by as much as 20-80% of incidents being underreported.  Therefore, [...]

Continue reading about Can you tell me what sources you are using for your statistics?

The issue of the restraint use came to national attention through an investigative series published by the Hartford Courant in 1998.  As follow up to the Report, Congress, in 1999 requested its first GAO investigation into the use of restraint in Mental Health facilities.   After its first report in 1999 the GAO suggested that HCFA [...]

Continue reading about Calling on Congress: On April 8, 2009, Congress was asked to impose a data collection initiative on restraint and seclusion headed by CMS and the FDA.

Before legislation is considered that unlawfully limits a person’s rights, we believe Congress has a responsibility to at least know the scope of the issue and have reputable statistics to support its actions. Here are a few recent examples of schools and facilities banning restraint and prone restraint and the resulting consequences. Pennsylvania:  Pennsylvania Department [...]

Continue reading about TTAPR’s Comments Regarding Report By National Disability Rights Network On The Use of Restraint & Seclusion in Schools

Earlier this year, NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) changed its restraint policy to where physical intervention could not be used when residents were destroying property.  As a result assaults against other residents and staff are at 25 year highs.  Public Employees Federation Director of Public Relations Darcy Wells, whose union also represents [...]

Continue reading about NYS Juvenile Justice changes restraint policy. Injuries soar as residents are out of control.

In response to a restraint programming change in late 2007 that does not allow juvenile facilities to use prone restraint newspapers are reporting that — Injuries in Maryland Juvenile Justice Facilities Spike in 2008. By all accounts Maryland Juvenile Facilities in 2007 were a mess.  The State and Federal government teamed up and provided a [...]

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