To the Honorable Appropriations Committee,
I’m writing to express my strong support for funding LD 1376, "An Act To Direct the Department of Education To Amend Its Rules To Ensure That Physical Restraint and Seclusion Policies Are Followed for Special Education Students and Make Biennial Reports on the Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion"
This bill is currently on the Special Appropriations Table, waiting to be funded and passed into law. There are at least 117,000  reasons why you should support funding this bill immediately! Why that number, because that is the number of times students have been restrained or secluded in Maine since 2013. Please take a moment to let that sink in. 117,000  times.
if you wish, REPLACE THIS TEXT with a little about yourself including where you live here and share your experience with restraint and seclusion. For example, as a parent who was traumatized when our son was restrained on the playground 9 years ago, I understand the potential impact on my family and my extended family.
This recently updated Restraint and Seclusions report1 from Disability Rights Maine (DRM) documents that these 117,000  interventions are being disproportionately used on students with disabilities. When there is the continued use of restraints and seclusions, a student with disability stands to lose access to their home school, their peers and a long list of opportunities that diminish their true potential, including the ability to graduate. 117,000 (2) times students could have experienced an injury, trauma or death in our schools. Injury and trauma might not just occur to the student who experiences restraint or seclusion, but to the other students nearby, and to all the staff involved.
Continuing to not address this issue is simply wrong. If funded, this bill will:
· Provide the Department the authority to act when the district relies heavily on restraints and seclusion through a technical education and compliance plan method,
· Provide schools the tools they need to prevent restraint and seclusion through more technical assistance and professional development opportunities,
· Provide the legislature the information it needs to provide adequate oversight by requiring a biennial report to the Education Committee and the Governor,
Our children need you to fund this bill. Please vote to do so.
I thank you 117,000  times.
Thank you again, for your time and consideration.
Your name here.
 DOE, Chapter 33 data compiled by Disability Rights Maine and published https://drme.org/assets/brochures/CH33.Report.FINAL.2019.pdf
 DOE Recently released data for the school year 2018-19 https://www.maine.gov/doe/schools/safeschools/restraint
APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE MEMBERS CONTACT INFO:
Senator Cathy Breen of Cumberland- Chair - Cathy.Breen@legislature.maine.gov
Senator James Hamper - James.Hamper@legislature.maine.gov
Senator Linda Sanborn - Linda.Sanborn@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Drew Gattine – Chair - Andrew.Gattine@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Amy Arata - Amy.Arata@Legislature.Maine.gov
Representative Michelle Dunphy - Michelle.Dunphy@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Brian Hubbell - Brian.Hubbell@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Erik Jorgensen - Erik.Jorgensen@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Dennis Keschl - Dennis.Keschl@legislature.maine.gov
Representative John Martin - John.Martin@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Sawin Millett - Sawin.Millett@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Teresa Pierce - Teresa.Pierce@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Nathan Wadsworth - Nathan.Wadsworth@legislature.maine.gov
Maureen Dawson - OFPR Analyst - Maureen.Dawson@legislature.maine.gov
PLEASE CC THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Senator Rebecca Millett – Chair - Rebecca.Millett@legislature.maine.gov
Senator Brownie Carson - Brownie.Carson@Legislature.Maine.gov
Senator Matthew Pouliot - Matthew.Pouliot@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Victoria Kornfield – Chair - Victoria.Kornfield@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Michael Brennan - Michael.Brennan@Legislature.Maine.gov
Representative Jan Dodge - Janice.Dodge@Legislature.Maine.gov
Representative Gary Drinkwater - Gary.Drinkwater@Legislature.Maine.gov
Representative Dick Farnsworth - Richard.Farnsworth@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Justin Fecteau - Justin.Fecteau@Legislature.Maine.gov
Representative Henry Ingwersen - Henry.Ingwersen@Legislature.Maine.gov
Representative David McCrea - David.McCrea@Legislature.Maine.gov
Representative Shelley Rudnicki - Shelley.Rudnicki@Legislature.Maine.gov
Representative Heidi Sampson - Heidi.Sampson@Legislature.Maine.gov
Rachel Tremblay - OFPR Analyst - Rachel.Tremblay@legislature.maine.gov
Karen Nadeau - OPLA Analyst - Karen.Nadeau@legislature.maine.gov
Hillary Risler - OPLA Analyst - Hillary.Risler@Legislature.Maine.gov
The time has come!! We need your help to SAVE LD 1376 "An Act To Direct the Department of Education To Amend Its Rules To Ensure That Physical Restraint and Seclusion Policies Are Followed for Special Education Students and Make Biennial Reports on the Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion".
This bill is currently on the Special Appropriations Table, waiting to be funded and passed into law. Please feel free to use the attached letter but add your information where it's bold! THANK YOU!!
Non-attorney Education Advocate