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.
In 2014, the Hogg Foundation awarded a grant of $300,000 to Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS) for coordination of the Seclusion and Restraint Reduction Leadership Group. The grant supports TNOYS in the continuation and enhancement of the Leadership Group’s activities. For more details, see this news release announcing the grant award.
Hogg Program Officer
Tammy Heinz serves as program officer and consumer & family liaison for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, bringing the perspectives of consumers, youths and family members into the foundation’s grant making, operations and decision-making processes. For more than 15 years, Heinz has worked in the state and local mental health arenas providing psychiatric care, consumer training and workshops, employment coaching and job development, stigma reduction and advocacy services. She also has experience in strategic planning, policy work, grant writing, public speaking, community outreach and coalition building. For more on Heinz, see her bio.