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Restraint and Seclusion Remain Unregulated and Underreported in Michigan Schools

Michigan, December 2009
This is a report on the use of restraint and seclusion in schools throughout Michigan. It concludes that, while some intermediate school districts (ISDs) have tried to apply the voluntary Board policy, most have not. It concludes further that the Michigan Department of Education and the state of Michigan have taken few actions to make the policy mandatory or effective, or to even gather and report information about restraint, seclusion, or use of the policy. This inaction means that Michigan schools remain the one service sector in the state where restraint and seclusion are virtually unregulated and are not subject to any reporting requirements. As a result, children remain at risk.

The current voluntary Board policy is not adequate to protect children from restraint and seclusion. For this reason, Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service (MPAS) and its partners make recommendations for change, to be enacted through legislation or other mandatory policy action, included at the end of this report. The time to stop these dangerous practices – the time to ensure that our children are “safe and protected” – is now.

Read the rest of the report here.

NOTE: Michigan and Kansas are perfect examples of why model policies DO NOT WORK.


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Press release: http://www.mpas.org/Article.asp?TOPIC=10956

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