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    Resources for the DPW Alternatives to Coercive Techniques (ACT) Initiative

    Living Sanctuary: Creating Trauma-Informed Systems That Promote Recovery, by Sandra Bloom, M.D.; presentation at ACT forums on September 21 and 25, 2006. Used by permission of Sandra Bloom.

    Organizational Systems to Minimize Restraint and Maximize Dignity, Effective Treatment and Safety, by Steve Gunn; presentation to Walker Trieschman Conference, May 11, 2000. Used by permission of Steve Gunn. Annotated Bibliography Prepared by Steve Gunn, also used by permission of Steve Gunn.

    National Definitions and Data Collection for Residential Care Facilities' Use of Restraint and Seclusion, by Lloyd Bullard, Residential Group Care Quarterly (5), 1, 1-14.

    The Silver Springs Model of Trauma Recovery and Resilience for Children and Adolescents, Used by permission.

    Reducing Seclusion and Restraint Use in Child and Youth Settings: Changing Our Cultures of Care, presentation by Kevin Huckshorn, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. Used by permission.

    Reducing Seclusion and Restraint Use in Child and Youth Mental Health and Related Settings: Changing our Cultures of Care, list of references prepared by Kevin Huckshorn, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. Used by permission.

    Responding to Childhood Trauma: The Promise and Practice of Trauma Informed Care, by Dr. Gordon R. Hodas.

    Six Core Strategies© to Reduce the Use of Seclusion and Restraint: Planning Tool, by Kevin Ann Huckshorn

    A Snapshot of Six Core Strategies for the Reduction of Seclusion and Restraint

    Strategies and Practices to Reduce Unnecessary Use of Restraint, Special Transmittal from the Department of Public Welfare, January 30, 2006

    Web Resources

    Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
    The Department of Public Welfare's Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services administers behavioral health services for adults, children and adolescents in the public sector.

    Parents Involved Network of Pennsylvania
    Parents Involved Network of Pennsylvania (PIN) is an organization that assists parents or caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders. PIN provides information, helps parents find services and will advocate on their behalf with any of the public systems that serve children. These include the mental health system, education and other state and local child-serving agencies.

    Pennsylvania Community Providers Association
    The Pennsylvania Community Providers Association promotes a community-based, responsive and viable system of agencies providing quality services for individuals receiving mental health, mental retardation, addictive disease and other related human services. To achieve that purpose, the association serves as a forum for the exchange of information and experience, represents providers on legislative and administrative matters and serves as a point of contact with other related statewide organizations.

    Pennsylvania Department of Education
    The Department of Education administers public and private education programs in Pennsylvania, including special education services and the 29 intermediate units throughout the commonwealth. Information about the Student Assistance Program, providing referral services for students with drug and alcohol and mental health needs, is available through the Department.

    Pennsylvania Psychological Association
    The Pennsylvania Psychological Association advances psychology in Pennsylvania as a means of promoting human welfare. It carries out this mission through activities that educate and support the professional development of their members, educate the public through disseminating and applying psychological knowledge, maintain and build organizational strength and advocate vigorously for public access to psychological services.

    Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)
    PaTTAN supports the efforts of the Bureau of Special Education and its initiatives and to build the capacity of local educational agencies to provide appropriate services to students who receive special education services. PaTTAN offers many free or low-cost training sessions throughout the commonwealth through its regional sites or by downlink to intermediate units.

    The Child Advocate serves the needs of children, families and professionals while addressing mental health, medical, educational, legal and legislative issues.

    Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRN) is a statewide, non-profit corporation designated as the federally-mandated organization to advance and protect the civil rights of adults and children with disabilities.