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Seclusion and Restraints
Understanding the Issue:

Seclusion and Restraints: Task Force Report
In March 2003, the NAMI Policy Research Institute (NPRI) convened a task force to address the one-hour rule and related issues relevant to the use of seclusion and restraints in psychiatric treatment facilities.

What Are Restraints and Seclusion?
A brief description of these practices as used against people with mental illnesses.

NAMI's Position on the Issue:

NAMI's Position on Seclusion and Restraints
A statement summarized from NAMI's Public Policy Platform

NAMI's Advocacy Goals and Strategies:

Seclusion and Restraints: NAMI Advocacy Goals and Strategies
Learn about NAMI's efforts to reduce the use of seclusion and restraints.

Take Action!

Contact Your Representatives about Seclusion and Restraints
Use our online advocacy tool to send a letter to your elected officials right now and make your voice heard on this issue. Use our suggested text or compose a letter of your own.

What Should You Do If You Experience Restraint And Seclusion Abuse?
Actions to take if you or your family member has experienced abuse of restraints or seclusion in a treatment facility.

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Other Resources:

Learning from Each Other: Success Stories and Ideas for Reducing Restraint/Seclusion in Behavioral Health
A guide developed by the American Psychiatric Association, the American Nurses Association, the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems, and the American Hospital Association. Download now from the American Psychiatric Association (PDF, 294 KB)

Safeguards in the Use of Restraint and Seclusion
Resources from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law