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August 2011

Restrictive Procedures in Schools

In 2009 a law was passed in Minnesota regulating how schools use restrictive procedures (seclusion and restraint) on students in special education. The law went into effect on Aug. 1, 2011. On Feb. 1, 2012, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) released its report, "The Use of Prone Restraint in Minnesota Schools: August 2011 through January 2012." If your child has an IEP (Individualized Education Program), you will want to learn more about it. Please see AuSM's position on Positive Behavior Supports below. We believe that restrictive procedures should be used as a last resort to protect individuals from immediate danger. There is current legislation that will allow prone restraint use for yet another year. AuSM will continue to monitor this legislation and work to eliminate the use of prone restraint in our schools. Questions? Contact AuSM at 651.647.1083 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here to read the NAMI Fact Sheet on this issue.