House Bills 5409-5417 will ensure assessment, monitoring and documentation in schools

LANSING, Mich. — Tonight the Senate passed House Bills 5409-5417, a nine-bill package that outlines when seclusion and restraint may be properly used in schools, and who can perform the procedures.

“This legislation is a welcome change that will help provide a safe environment that promotes dignity for all students and that supports positive student behavior,” said Sen. Hopgood (D–Taylor), a member of the Special Education Task Force. “I am most appreciative that my Senate colleagues chose to pass these important bills.”

House Bills 5409-5417 will ensure that all instances of seclusion and restraint are assessed, monitored and documented. The nine-bill package also will:

  • Establish a positive behavioral support system and intervention plan that would be adopted by all schools.
  • Define appropriate requirements for the use of seclusion and restraint methods in emergency situations, and require reporting of instances.
  • Create reporting requirements associated with the use of these practices.
  • Create best practices for data collection on incidents and school training requirements for emergencies.
  • Require districts and intermediate school districts to create policies that align with the statewide plan.

In March, Sen. Hopgood introduced parallel legislation in the Senate, SB 838, that is also designed to limit seclusion and restraint in schools. It has been referred to the Senate Education Committee, where it has not yet been discussed.

With the Senate passage, the bills are a step closer to advancing to the Governor’s desk for signing.