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MDHHS announced new emergency rule for restraining children

ALPENA, Mich –Yesterday the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced emergency rules for restraining children in child-

caring institutions.

The department’s actions follow the death of a 16–year–old who was improperly restrained at Lakeside Academy, a residential treatment facility in Kalamazoo.

The department’s goal is to reform the states child welfare system by introducing new measures to better protect youth in foster care.

In a press release Governor Whitmer said, protecting the most vulnerable populations is a top priority.

Child–caring institutions licensed by the state are currently prohibited from using restraints that involve placing children face down.