Mark McWilliams, Director of Public Policy at Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS), on Passage of Restraint and Seclusion Legislation:
"MPAS would like to thank Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, the bill sponsors from both sides of the aisle, parents who shared their stories with us and with legislators, and all of the advocacy groups, teachers and school administrators who contributed to the success of this long overdue legislation. Lt. Governor Calley recognized, early on, the damage that is caused when a child's disability related behaviors are punished rather than properly addressed and now Michigan will join the ranks of other states putting an end to unnecessary and dangerous restraint and seclusion in non-emergent situations. This common-sense reform is a victory for the disability advocacy community, but the real victors will be students and staff in Michigan schools who will be safe, protected, and positively supported thanks to this package of bills. "
Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. is the federally mandated
protection and advocacy system for Michigan which receives part of its
funding from the Administration on the Developmental Disabilities, the
Center for Mental Health Services - Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, and
the Social Security Administration.