Pa. bans possibly fatal restraint technique

August 24, 2008 9:03:10 AM PDT
Pennsylvania officials are banning a restraint technique from being used in youth treatment centers. The "prone restraint," in which the child is held face down and immobilized, has been blamed for the deaths of more than 70 children in the state since 1993.

Deputy Secretary for Children Youth and Families Richard Gold says the ban will make youth treatment centers safer - both for the youths and the employees.

But some say the new state policy will leave workers unable to deal effectively with violent children. Jennifer Gray is a former counselor at KidsPeace near Allentown who quit last year after being assaulted by a 15-year-old girl there. She says the problem isn't the restraint, but its use by people who haven't been trained properly.

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