Ohio Department of Education begins formal process to adopt Seclusion and Restraint rule; Public hearing planned for March 12, 2013

February 13, 2013 / restra

The long-awaited rule to limit the use of seclusion and restraint interventions in public schools and to implement positive behavior intervention and supports (PBIS) was filed with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) on February 8, 2013.

While the State Board of Education recently approved a new policy limiting the use of seclusion and restraint interventions and implementing PBIS in Ohio's public schools, the official filing of the rule with JCARR signals the beginning of the formal process to adopt the rule. This will make it enforceable by law.

The Ohio Department of Education will hold a public hearing to accept comments on the rule at 9 a.m. March 12, 2013 in Room 001 at the Ohio Department of Education building, 25 S. Front St., Columbus, OH 43215.

Disability Rights Ohio staff plans to attend the public hearing and comment on the importance of this rule, which seeks to limit seclusion and restraint interventions, implement PBIS, require parental notice, and mandate local data reporting and state level monitoring of such interventions.

If you or your organization is interested in commenting on the rule, you may attend the public hearing in person to deliver your comments or you may submit comments in writing to the Ohio Department of Education. If you have any questions or concerns about the public hearing or the rule itself, please do not hesitate to contact our office for assistance.

Related documents:

Legal Notice of the Public Hearing [PDF]

Rule Summary and Fiscal Analysis (Part A) [PDF]

Text of the proposed rule [PDF]

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