Jan 24 2012

BPDD Thanks Senate for Passing Seclusion and Restraint Bill

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 24, 2012

Contact: Joshua Ryf, Communications Director, joshua.ryf@wisconsin.gov, (608) 261-7829

BPDD THANKS SENATE FOR PASSING SECLUSION & RESTRAINT BILL
Bill will Improve School Safety for Students and Staff

Madison, WI – The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) thanks the Senate for passing Senate Bill (SB) 353, also known as the Seclusion and Restraint Bill.  The bill – which passed the Senate unanimously today – was introduced by Senators Luther Olsen, Julie Lassa, and Dale Schultz.

“BPDD is very pleased that this bill passed the Senate unanimously today,” said Beth Swedeen, BPDD Executive Director. “All major stakeholders in this issue – including groups representing both schools and families – agree this bill will improve the safety of all involved. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

SB 353 limits the use of seclusion and restraint on students in schools. The bill allows seclusion and restraint only if the student’s behavior causes an immediate risk to the safety of the student or others and is the least restrictive intervention available. The bill also focuses on appropriate training for staff on behavior supports, only allowing trained staff to use seclusion and restraint as a last resort when it is appropriate.

A similar bill – AB 455 – is being considered by the Assembly.

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