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July 20, 2010 | Legislation
Louisiana passed house bill 405, effective August 15, 2010. It requires the Louisiana State Board of Education to prepare and adopt guidelines for the use of seclusion and physical restraint of students with disabilities. These will serve only as guidelines, not as a mandate from the state.  Read more »
July 09, 2010 | Legislation
The Georgia State Board of Education passed 160-5-1-.35: Seclusion and Restraint for All Students, a ban that no longer allows Georgia schools to place students in solitary confinement. It also limits the use of restraint to calm students and requires that school staff notify parents if restraint is used. This rule is effective July 29, 2010.  Read more »
June 07, 2010 | Legislation
The State of Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families, in accordance with Rhode Island General Law 42-35 and 42-72-5, renamed the Child Care Regulations rule to Residential Child Care Regulations for Licensure, which provides an updated set of regulations for the licensing of residential child care facilities. These regulations went into effect in June 2010.  Read more »
May 18, 2010 | Legislation
Florida House bill 1073, which revises provisions relating to licensure and standards for facilities and programs for persons with developmental disabilities, will be effective on July 1, 2010. The bill requires training for child care personnel on care of children with developmental disabilities, as well as requirements for use of seclusion and restraint on public school students with disabilities.  Read more »
May 08, 2010 | Legislation
On May 8, 2009 Idaho adopted rules regarding restraint and seclusion in hospitals, nursing facilities, and intermediate care facilities for persons with mental retardation. Medicaid Rule IDAPA 16.03.10 Section 11 states that restraints and seclusion must not be employed under any circumstances except when an agency staff person employs physical holds as an emergency response to assault or aggression or other immediate safety risks in accordance with certain requirements.  Read more »
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