Deval L. Patrick

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Lieutenant Governor

Massachusetts Interagency Restraint and Seclusion Prevention Initiative

Member Agencies:
Executive Office of Health & Human Services: Executive Office of Education:

Department of Children and Families (DCF) Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE)

24 Farnsworth Street 75 Pleasant Street

Boston, MA 02210 Malden, MA 02148

Department of Mental Health (DMH) Department of Early Education and Care (EEC)

25 Staniford Street 51 Sleeper Street

Boston, MA 02114 Boston, MA 02210
Department of Youth Services (DYS)
Tower Point
27 Wormwood Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA  02210
Department of Developmental Services (DDS)

500 Harrison Avenue

Boston, MA 02118


The Commonwealth is committed to serving youth and families in the most respectful manner possible and strives to ensure that treatment and educational settings employ behavior support methods that reflect current knowledge about the developmental impacts of early traumatic experiences. To that end, the Departments of Children and Families, Mental Health, Early Education and Care, Elementary and Secondary Education and Youth Services are working together, in partnership with providers, advocates, educators, schools, families and youth, to focus on preventing and reducing the use of behavior restrictions that can be re-traumatizing, in particular the use of restraint and seclusion.


All youth serving educational and treatment settings will use trauma informed, positive behavioral support practices that respectfully engage families and youth.

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