Please Contact Congress Today to Keep Students Safe in Schools
NAMI applauds Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for introducing The Keeping All Students Safe Act (S. 2036). This bill greatly restricts the use of restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools to protect children from harm. Restraint means not allowing an individual to freely move their arms, legs or head. Seclusion means a person is placed in a space that they cannot leave. Children have been seriously harmed, traumatized and some have died from the use of restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools.
Take action with this link: http://cqrcengage.com/nami/app/write-a-letter?2&engagementId=41807&lp=0
A report issued by the U.S. Department of Education shows that restraint is being used in alarmingly high numbers on students with disabilities, including those living with mental illness. Effective alternatives exist to reduce and eliminate the unnecessary use of restraints and seclusion and protect students and staff. This bill supports alternatives that provide students with a safe and positive learning environment. There are currently NO federal laws regulating the use of restraint and seclusion in schools.
We urge swift action to move the Keeping All Students Safe Act (S. 2036) forward. There is also a companion bill in the House of Representatives (H.R. 1893).
Please use the following link to contact your Senators and House Representatives today and urge them to co-sponsor the bills and to move this legislation forward. http://cqrcengage.com/nami/app/write-a-letter?2&engagementId=41807&lp=0