Legislation to Ban Seclusion and Restraint Introduced in The Senate

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced the Keeping All Kids Safe Act.  (More information, including a summary of the bill, is available here.)  The bill would ban seclusion and severely restrict the use of restraint on school children.  Senator Harkin also released an investigative report that found families often are not informed about the use of restraint and seclusion on their children.  Those who learn about the practices and whose children are harmed by the use of restraint or seclusion have little or no recourse through school procedures or the courts.  A main focus of the bill is to provide training to school personnel on the use of positive, supportive, and safe techniques when challenging behaviors do occur.  To read The Arc’s statement, visit our blog.