Harkin to Unveil Results of HELP Committee Investigation into Use of Restraint & Seclusion in Schools

On Wednesday, February 12, Senator Tom Harkin, Chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), will host an event to discuss the findings of a Committee investigation into the obstacles faced by parents whose children were restrained or secluded in public schools.

While the use of restraint and seclusion are prohibited in other settings, tens of thousands of children are subjected to these practices in the classroom each school year. Many of these children are physically and emotionally harmed by the use of restraints and seclusion. This investigation documents the inability of some families to effectively address the use of restraints and seclusion practices and to positively affect change in school practices.

Senator Harkin will discuss the results of the investigation as well as his introduction of Keeping All Students Safe Act, which aims to ensure effective implementation of positive behavioral interventions in our nation’s schools.

WHO: Senator Tom Harkin, Chairman of the Senate HELP Committee

WHAT: Seclusion and Restraints Report Reveal and Remarks

WHEN: February 12, 2014, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. ET


Capitol Visitor Center
First Street SE and East Capitol Street NE
Room SVC 208-209

Space for this event is limited and RSVP is required to enter the Capitol Visitors Center. Please RSVP no later than February 10 to Alyssa Mowitz at alyssa_mowitz@help.senate.gov. If you would like to attend. Please allow extra time to clear Visitor Center security, then proceed to the Senate Appointments Desk to be admitted to the event.

The event will also be live streamed on the HELP Committee website at https://www.help.senate.gov/.