2017-2018 CRDC

The Office of Civil Rights has released the 2017-2018 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), a set of self reported and certified data used to compare characteristics such as enrollment, advanced placement programs, and more across school districts around the nation. 

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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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15 Principles

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. 

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Current Figures

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.

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 Positional Asphyxia  

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

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National Study

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. 

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Parent's Guide

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

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Fact Sheet

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. 

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State Comparison

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

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