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, sections 125A.0941 and 125A.0942, govern the use of restrictive procedures.

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.

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

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.

Please see the additional resources DHS provides to support children’s mental health.

  • Restrictive Procedures Summary Reporting Form 2017-18 - 6/11/18
    Please complete and submit this form electronically on the Special Education Compliance Document Upload Page. Do not submit a scanned copy. For questions about filling out this form, please contact Sara Wolf in the Division of Compliance and Assistance at 651 582-8602.
  • Reducing Restrictive Procedures Expert List - 10/22/14
    List of experts for district and school use when reducing restrictive procedures
  • Model Post-Use Debrief Form - 10/16/14
    This model form provides guidance to districts in meeting the post-use debriefing requirements of Minnesota Statutes.
  • Model Restrictive Procedures Plan - 9/17/14  pdf iconPDF 
    MDE has developed a model restrictive procedures plan to provide guidance and a documentation model for schools.
  • Model Restrictive Procedures Checklist - 3/26/14
    MDE has created a model checklist which includes the applicable state laws and fire and safety codes for the use of rooms used for seclusion.