OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-927

AN ACT CONCERNING SECLUSION AND RESTRAINT IN SCHOOLS.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 6711

File Copy No.: 72

Senate Calendar No.: 96


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 16 $

FY 17 $

Local and Regional School Districts

STATE MANDATE - Cost

up to 5,000

up to 5,000

Explanation

The amendment strikes the underlying bill and its associated fiscal impact, which would have resulted in a cost of less than $1,000 per district, associated with purchasing materials and time to provide school employees with in-service training on proper restraint and seclusion procedures and other “de-escalation techniques” before placing any student in physical restraint or seclusion.

The amendment requires local and regional school districts to develop policies and procedures that (1) establish monitoring and internal reporting of the use of physical restraint and seclusion on students, and (2) provide for the training of all school employees in the use of physical restraint and seclusion on students. Such training shall include, but not be limited to: (A) Verbal defusing or deescalation; (B) prevention strategies; (C) types of physical restraint; (D) the differences between life-threatening physical restraint and other varying levels of physical restraint; (E) the differences between permissible physical restraint and pain compliance techniques; (F) monitoring to prevent harm to a person physically restrained or in seclusion; and (G) recording and reporting procedures on the use of restraints and seclusion. It is anticipated that this additional requirement would cost each district up to $5,000 per year (depending on the size of the district), associated with purchasing materials and training time. If a substitute teacher was required to cover for teacher in-service training, a cost would occur to local and regional school districts for substitute coverage, which is estimated to be approximately $85-$125 per day.

The amendment makes various other changes involving restraint and seclusion that do not result in a fiscal impact.

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.