May 30, 2023

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Youth center staff often helpless to prevent kids from running away

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Workers who care for kids in residential treatment centers say they feel powerless to prevent them from running away because of a Colorado law that limits their authority to restrain them. 

Staff reported in a new study that they’re regularly confused and paralyzed by what’s known as the Colorado “Restraint and Seclusion Act,” which says they cannot physically prevent a child from leaving a residential treatment center unless the child is in imminent danger. Even police officers who respond to a barrage of runaway calls often do not understand that treatment center staff cannot restrain or block kids from fleeing, staff reported.

In one case, a worker watched helplessly as a 13-year-old boy ran from a center in the middle of a blizzard wearing only sweats and…

Jennifer Brown

2023-04-04 04:10:00

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