TTAPR on May 18th, 2010

 Lancman report: OCFS policy endangers workers Assemblyman Rory Lancman will release a report detailing what it concludes are the hazardous working conditions currently being experienced by state Office of Children and Family Services employees who work in the juvenile justice system. According to the Queens Democrat’s report, rates of OCFS workplace injuries have spiked to [...]

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Experts agree that prone restraint of an agitated person cannot possibly lead to sudden death due to hypoxia. Due to the controversial nature of a sudden in custody restraint death, numerous case and retrospective studies, incident reports, and monographs have been published since the 1980s in order to bring awareness of the subject matter. While [...]

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A boy playing cards in an open recreation area at Baltimore City’s Juvenile Justice Center was struck from behind by two boys. The boy was kicked and stomped on the head, leaving him with a fractured skull, a broken jaw and several knocked-out teeth. He will need several surgeries in the future. The circumstances that led to the [...]

Continue reading about MD: Reports sharp spike in assaults at Baltimore City’s ‘Baby Booking’ center

Maryland’s juvenile justice monitor on Monday outlined widespread problems at the state’s secure treatment center for troubled youths and said staff at the center’s oversight department “hampered” an investigation into a violent escape of 14 youths in May. The Maryland Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit report noted that staff and youths at the facility feared for [...]

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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

 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  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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