In Dec. 2011, Senator Harkin (D-IA) introduced The Keeping All Students Safe Act(S. 2020) and Representative George Miller (D-CA) has introduced similar legislation in the House (H.R. 1381). These bills impose sharp restrictions on the use of restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools. NAMI strongly supports these bills and urges swift action to pass them. Currently, there are no federal laws that regulate the use of restraint and seclusion in schools. State laws in this area vary widely
- Visit Thomas.loc.gov to read the legislation (search by bill number S. 2020 and HR 1381);
- Review the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on this issue .
- Review the National Disability Rights Network report, titled School is Not Supposed to Hurt; and
- Review Section 4.3 of NAMI’s Policy Platform.