Seclusion and Restraint Reduction Leadership Group
The Hogg Foundation launched the Texas Seclusion and Restraint Reduction Leadership Group in 2007. The group’s members include mental health consumers, family members, advocates and representatives of private and public agencies. They have the expertise and experience to help bring about organizational change and can be a knowledgeable resource and guide to state lawmakers, agencies, advocates, service providers and consumers.
“Seclusion and restraint” is using physical force, restricting movement, or medicating or isolating people without their consent to manage their behavior. These methods often are used to control people at risk of harming themselves or others in settings such as juvenile detention centers, psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment facilities and schools.
The use of seclusion and restraint is a complex, controversial issue that touches many Texas agencies. Use of seclusion and restraint is considered a failure in treatment because it can be traumatic and dangerous to consumers and staffers. It can cause severe physical and psychological harm and even death. It can also lead to mistrust and power struggles that conflict with a positive therapeutic environment and hinder recovery.
Hogg Program Officer
Tammy Heinz, Program Officer and Consumer & Family Liaison