Report Details Widespread Use of Restraint Against Children In State Care
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Children were restrained or secluded more than 20,000 times in residential youth behavioral health facilities in New Hampshire over a five year period from 2014 to 2018. That’s the finding of a new report from the Office of the Child Advocate, an independent watchdog agency that oversees the state’s Division for Children, Youth, and Families.
The report examines the use of restraint and seclusion at the state-run Sununu Youth Services Center and at about two dozen private residential facilities which are certified by DCYF to provide treatment to children placed by the state.