Another Maine school is voicing serious concerns about Maine’s newly enacted restraint policy. Falmouth Board Member  Chris Murry said he  has concerns about Maine’s new restraint regulations and the higher threshold they establish before school staff can restrain or seclude a student in an emergency. He also called the documentation requirements under the state policy [...]

Continue reading about ME. Schools critical of Maine DOE’s newly enacted restraint regulation

Local school district officials in Maine discussed the implications brought about by a new state law that restricts the use of physical restraint and seclusion of students. It was the occasion of the first reading of School Administrative District 72?s policy on the “Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion” at the school board’s meeting on June 20, [...]

Continue reading about ME. Special Education School District Officials State that Maine-DOE’s New Restraint Rule Is a Disaster

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 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 [...]

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

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