Restrictive Procedures

“Restrictive procedures” means the use of physical holding or seclusion of children with disabilities in an emergency in Minnesota schools. “Emergency” means a situation where immediate intervention is needed to protect a child or other individual from physical injury. Restrictive procedures must not be used to punish or otherwise discipline a child. Minnesota Statutes, section 125A.0941 and section 125A.0942, govern the use of restrictive procedures.

Report to the Legislature 
The commissioner must report districts’ progress in reducing the use of restrictive procedures and recommendations on how to further reduce these procedures to the Legislature every year by February 1. View previous legislative reports.

2016 Restrictive Procedures Legislation: A Summary
Read a summary of 2016 legislative amendments to the statute governing the use of restrictive procedures on children with disabilities.

Restrictive Procedures Reporting
2019-20 Physical Holding Annual Summary Form - 4/23/20
All districts are required to submit the form above, even if no physical holds were used during the school year. Complete and submit the form electronically on the Special Education Document Upload webpage. Do not submit a scanned copy.

Quarterly Seclusion Reporting Form - 4/16/20
Complete the form above electronically and submit as an Excel file by uploading to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) on the Special Education Document Upload webpage. If no seclusion uses occurred during the quarter, the district should send an email, including the district number and name, confirming no seclusion uses, to

For more information or questions about restrictive procedures reporting, contact Compliance and Assistance at 651-582-8689 or send an email to

Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS): Children’s Mental Health
The Children’s Mental Health Division administers policy and practice to ensure effective and accessible mental health services and supports for children and families in Minnesota. The division works together with many public and private partners across the state so that children and youth with mental health needs can develop and function as fully as possible in all areas of their lives.

Additional resources DHS provides to support children’s mental health: