Seclusion and Restraint Reduction Leadership Group

Program Summary

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.

Current Grantees

In 2014, the Hogg Foundation awarded a grant to Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS) for coordination of the Seclusion and Restraint Reduction Leadership Group, and the continuation and enhancement of the Leadership Group’s activities. For more details, see the news release.

Hogg Program Officer

Tammy Heinz, Program Officer and Consumer & Family Liaison

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