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CA Legislation
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 »
MA Legislation
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 »
NH Legislation
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 »
LA Legislation
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 »
GA Legislation
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 »
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