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On February 23, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 911, the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Treatment Programs for Teens Act of 2009, a bill that represents long-standing priorities for PI-GRO and includes many recommendations proposed by APA members.
On February 23, the House of Representatives approved the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2009, legislationrequiring much-needed standards and enforcement provisions to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect at certain residential treatment facilities. The bill, which has been a priority for APA for many years, was approved overwhelmingly by the House Committee on Education and Labor before proceeding to the full House vote. APA members were involved in drafting this critical legislation that would help ensure the safety and well-being of all children. Some of the bill�s provisions include dissemination of information about programs and ensuring program compliance, including: a public-access website with information for parents and others about individual programs and their compliance with the requirements; a national toll-free hotline to receive complaints of child abuse and neglect at covered programs; mandatory telephone access for each child at a covered program; the establishment of minimum standards to be met by covered programs to ensure the safety of children in their care, including prohibitions on techniques or practices that involve withholding of essential food, clothing, shelter, or medical care necessary to maintain physical and mental health, and general safety; and unannounced site inspections and on-going reviews of compliance. PI-GRO will work to ensure passage of this important legislation in the Senate.