In response to growing concern about restraint and seclusion use in child-serving settings, the Commonwealth has organized a cross-secretariat effort to reduce and prevent their use. The Initiative brings together leaders from the state Departments of Children and Families (DCF), Mental Health (DMH), Youth Services (DYS), Early Education and Care (EEC), Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) to work in partnership with the Office of the Child Advocate and parents, youth, providers, schools and community advocates to focus on preventing and reducing the use of behavior restrictions that can be re-traumatizing. The vision for the multi-year effort is that all youth serving educational and treatment settings will use trauma informed, positive behavior support practices that respectfully engage families and youth.

This information is provided by the Department of Children and Families.

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