OPA: Legislative Update

Legislative Update

Legislative Update for Friday, February 27, 2015

Great news!

The Children's Committee has voted to approve SB 927 AN ACT CONCERNING SECLUSION AND RESTRAINT IN SCHOOLS.

P&A was proud to testify at the public hearing earlier this week.  You can access our written testimony on the main "Legislative Information" page.  While we are disappointed the Children's Committee did not take up our request to ban the planned use of seclusion in student IEPs, we are happy to see this legislation move forward. 

Here is how our testimony, presented by Executive Director Craig B. Henrici, began: "The Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities is proud to be a member of an interagency working group focused on eliminating restraint and seclusion use. The other member agencies on the working group are: the Departments of Public Health; Developmental Services; Mental Health and Addiction Services; Children and Families; Corrections; Court Support Services Division; Office of the Child Advocate; Developmental Disabilities Council; and the State Department of Education."

There is still much work to do, not only to get this legislation passed, but to indeed completely eliminate restraint and seclusion in schools.

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