Abuse & Neglect
Location: Washington, DC
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
While both adults and children with IDD experience abuse, neglect, institutionalization, abandonment, bullying and other types of trauma at rates much higher than the general population, the mental health needs of individuals with IDD are often ignored. Individuals with IDD exhibiting challenging behaviors often do not receive state-of-the-art mental health treatment and instead, the focus is often on compliance and behavior management. The goal of this webinar is to increase the awareness of the impact of trauma on children with IDD and to promote the provision of trauma-informed care for children with IDD and co-occurring mental health conditions.
The Department of Education Office for Civil Rights released this Data Snapshot Issue Brief examining demographic patterns in school suspensions and expulsions, including disability status.
Rep. Donald Beyer (D-CT) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced their own version of the Keeping All Students Safe Act. The bill is identical to that which the House approved in 2011.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) outlines the economic rationale against using restraint and seclusion in this policy paper.
Advocates are urging reintroduction of the Keeping All Students Safe Act, which was previously introduced by Rep. George Miller in 2013 during the 113th Congress. The bill establishes federal minimum safety standards to limit the use of restraint and seclusion, requires school officials to be trained and certified before practicing restraint, and bans the use of mechanical and chemical restraints.