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During the 2015–16 school year, 122,000 students (approximately 0.2 percent of all students enrolled) across the nation were physically restrained, mechanically restrained, or secluded.

Current Figures

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The Crisis Prevention Institute Inc. has published Risks of Restraints: Understanding Restraint-Related Positional Asphyxia.

 Positional Asphyxia  

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A 2013 study by the Autism National Committee showed only 30 states require that parents be notified if restraint and seclusion are used on their children. 

National Study

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APRAIS has published A Parent’s Guide to Protecting Your Child From the Use of Restraint, Aversive Interventions, and Seclusion.

Parent's Guide

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The U.S. Department of Education Fact Sheet: Restraint and Seclusion of Students with Disabilities can help individuals and families know how to file a complaint with the Office For Civil Rights if their child’s rights have been violated. 

Fact Sheet

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A 2017 analysis of restraint and seclusion legislation and policy across states compares how states are using the U.S. Department of Education checklist. 

State Comparison

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has published The Business Case for Preventing and Reducing Restraint and Seclusion Use.


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Since 2012, the U.S. Department of Education has encouraged states to use a checklist of 15 principles that can help provide additional protections for children from restraint and seclusion. 

15 Principles

Stop Hurting Kids


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