Office of Child Advocate to review restraint, seclusion use
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Office of the Child Advocate has started a review of how restraint and seclusion are being used on about 400 children in behavioral health settings.
The review will look at children placed in private residential facilities and the Sununu Youth Services Center by the Division for Children, Youth and Families.
Child Advocate Moira O’Neill says right now, the patterns of how restraint and seclusion are used in New Hampshire are poorly understood.
She says the only statewide data available is an aggregate number that shows the total incidents of restraint and seclusion across all facilities. Since 2014, there have been more than 20,000 incidents of restraint and seclusion across all residential facilities. But it’s not clear what that means.