Thursday, June 12, 2014, is our national call-in day so advocates all over the country can call their Senators and Representatives and ask them to co-sponsor the Keeping All Students Safe Act (S. 2036 and H.R. 1893).
These bills greatly restrict the use of restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools to protect children from harm. There are currently no federal laws regulating the use of restraint and seclusion in schools.
Numerous media stories and various reports have documented the harm, trauma and even death that have occurred from the use of restraint and seclusion in schools. Restraint is being used in alarmingly high numbers on students with disabilities, including those living with mental illness.
Effective alternatives exist to reduce and eliminate the unnecessary use of restraints and seclusions and protect students and staff. These bills support alternatives that provide students with a safe and positive learning environment.
Thank you for your dedication to mental health advocacy!