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May 13, 2011 | Legislation
Oregon adopted Chapter 581 (HB 2939) on August 2, 2011. It prohibits the use of mechanical, chemical, and prone restraints on students in public schools. Physical restraint may be used only under specific circumstances, following specific procedures.  Read more »
October 15, 2010 | Legislation
Federal bill S. 3895 is an updated version of S. 2860, which will allow school districts to include restraint and seclusion in individual education programs (IEPs) if students have a two-year history of dangerous behaviors that could result in serious bodily injury and had functional behavioral assessments and behavioral intervention plans that were developed by professionals.  Read more »
September 01, 2010 | Legislation
California adopted Assembly Bill 1083, effective July 1, 2010. The bill requires hospital security and safety assessments be conducted on a minimum of an annual basis and that hospital security plans are updated annually as well. The bill also requires hospitals to consult with employees and staff in development of the assessments and security plans.  Read more »
September 01, 2010 | Legislation
Massachusetts adopted the Policy #10-02, effective August 16, 2010. The policy establishes procedures and requirements for use of restraint and seclusion in the Department of Mental Health facilities and treatment programs. The policy is part of an effort to reduce the use of and eventually eliminate restraint and seclusion.  Read more »
July 26, 2010 | Legislation
New Hampshire passed SB 396, an act limiting the use of child restraint practices in schools and treatment facilities, effective Sept. 1, 2010. The bill prohibits use of high-risk restraint positions on children in schools and treatment centers in New Hampshire, except for in the case of emergency interventions when the child poses an imminent threat to self or others. If restraint is used, the incident must be documented and reported.  Read more »
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