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Public Hearing: Support Strategies and Restraint

TAKE ACTION NOW: Public Hearing Monday, Feb. 23 at 9 a.m.

The MN Department of Human Services (DHS) will hold a public hearing on Rules Governing Positive Support Strategies, Person-Centered Planning, Limits on Use of Restrictive Interventions and Emergency Use of Manual Restraint, and Repeal of Rules Governing Aversive and Deprivation Procedures in Minnesota Rules, 9525.2700 to 9525.2810; Revisor's ID No. R-04213.

The rules that DHS is considering require the use of positive support strategies and govern the emergency use of manual restraint. DHS is also considering the repeal of rules governing the use of aversive and deprivation procedures now prohibited by Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 245D. 

TAKE ACTION NOW: Public Hearing Monday, Feb. 23 at 9 a.m.

The MN Department of Human Services (DHS) will hold a public hearing on Rules Governing Positive Support Strategies, Person-Centered Planning, Limits on Use of Restrictive Interventions and Emergency Use of Manual Restraint, and Repeal of Rules Governing Aversive and Deprivation Procedures in Minnesota Rules, 9525.2700 to 9525.2810; Revisor's ID No. R-04213.

The rules that DHS is considering require the use of positive support strategies and govern the emergency use of manual restraint. DHS is also considering the repeal of rules governing the use of aversive and deprivation procedures now prohibited by Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 245D. 

The new rules will apply to home and community-based services licensed under Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 245D that are provided to persons with a disability or persons age 65 and older, and to services provided by all department-licensed facilities and programs to persons with a developmental disability or a related condition. Click here for more information from the DHS website.

Hearing Location and Time 
The hearing will be in the second floor conference rooms designated 2370 and 2380, Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, 540 Cedar Street, St. Paul, Minnesota 55155, starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, and continuing until the hearing is completed. 

AuSM's Position
AuSM's advocacy committee chair, Jean Bender, will be attending the hearing and providing written testimony on AuSM's behalf. AuSM supports the proposed changes and has been working with other advocacy agencies for several years to shift from aversive and restrictive procedures to positive support strategies for people with disabilities, including autism.  

More Information
Questions regarding Monday's hearing? Contact Jean Bender by 5 p.m. on Sunday for a response by 9 p.m.: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click here to learn more about AuSM's Advocacy Committee.