The Colorado House of Representatives. HB16- 1328 – Protection of Individuals from Restraint and Seclusion Act. Colorado: Congress, June 2016.
The bill will limit the amount of seclusion to 4 hours at a time for emergency purposes and 2 hours for administrative purposes. If the emergency seclusion requires 8 total hours in a 2-calendar-day period, then the division must obtain a court order.
Seclusion must be at least 60 square feet of floor space and have certain amenities. Within 12 hours of confinement, the facility must notify legal guardians of the juvenile. Facilities that use seclusion must have their staff “undergo at least 40 hours of initial training and at least 16 hours of annual training thereafter, especially on the use and effect of seclusion on youth.”
The facility must also keep certain documentation and “report quarterly to public health and human services committee of the House of Representatives and Senate on its use of seclusion.” A working group was also established to study “the issues surrounding the use and effect of seclusion on youth.”
Keywords: isolation, restrictive housing, restricted housing, segregated housing, solitary confinement, juveniles, government