Restraint and Seclusion Legislation

From: PENT
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 9:55 AM
Subject: Restraint and Seclusion Legislation

Hello PENT Cadre and Supporters,

You may have heard, there are two proposed bills that have been introduced at the Federal level regarding restraint and seclusion in schools. They are: H.R. 4247, Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act, introduced by Chairman Miller (D-CA) and Representative McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA), and the companion bill, S. 2860, introduced by Senator Dodd (D-CT). Many organizations are weighing in on these bills. Some of the key issues are:
• Clarifying the definition of key terms such as imminent danger;
• Banning “planned” physical intervention, but allowing “potential” physical intervention to be written into IEPs and BSPs;
• Training school staff to use appropriate restraint and seclusion

Both bills can be reviewed in their entirety at Additionally, there is an easy-to-understand “Myth vs. Fact” document that the House has developed regarding H.R. 4247 (Miller) that you can access at:

Don’t forget, there are materials on the topic of restraint and seclusion on the PENT website: Restraint and Seclusion.

Kim Morton and Cindy Chacón
PENT Coordinators



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