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The US Department of Education (DOE), in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), released a new resource document
for schools, school districts, and states looking to update and implement policies on physical restraint and seclusion. The document describes 15 principles intended to guide the policymaking discussion. These principles mirror the proposed federal Keeping All Students Safe Act
(both House and Senate versions of the currently proposed bill).
The suggestions offered by the DOE are not mandates or enforceable guidelines; however, the principles they offer provide a framework to begin the discussion. Included in these principles is a recommendation that staff, at a minimum, receive regular training on the appropriate use of effective alternatives to physical restraint and seclusion, such as positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) and, only for cases involving imminent danger of serious physical harm, on the safe use of physical restraint and seclusion.
CPI has resources and recommendations consistent with the 15 principles outlined that are available to schools, districts, and states that are looking to update their policies and provide the recommended training to support the implementation of the principles. These resources include: